The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the Conduct and Affairs of Nations and Sovereigns, with Three Early Es

Emer De Vattel (Author) Béla Kapossy (Editor)
Backorder (temporarily out of stock)

Product Details

$24.00  $22.08
Liberty Fund
Publish Date
August 09, 2008
6.5 X 9.4 X 2.1 inches | 2.95 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Béla Kapossy is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Lausanne.


. . . A beautiful book with and without the cover, it has generous margins, a ribbon page marker that harmonizes with the cover, and sells for only [$24.00]. The Law of Nations was a monumental contribution to international law and to political economy. Vattel developed a theory of the cultural, political, and economic conditions necessary for a viable system of international justice, and his principles of how civilized nations should conduct themselves toward other nations and their citizens provide essential contextualization for eighteenth-century thought. The decision to reprint the 1797 translation rather than provide a new one might be questioned, but it reads well, retains the section numbers and guides in the margins, has several kinds of notes as well as translations of Vattel's Latin citations, and stands up well to the new translations of three of Vattel's essays that are included in the volume. The 1797 prose is true to Vattel's highly reasoning and reasonable style and displays the best features of polished eighteenth-century prose.

Studies in English Literature
Summer 2009

This is an English translation of Emer de Vattel's hugely influential 1758 work Droit des gens. Vattel systematically derived principles of international law from natural law and also synthesized the modern discourse of natural jurisprudence with the language of political economy. . . . The volume also contains biographical sketches of authors referred to by Vattel and bibliographies of works referred to by Vattel and writings on Vattel.

Reference & Research Book News
August 2008

What makes up the basis of what's called an honorable practice in today's world? The Law of Nations is a new and updated edition of Emer de Vattel's classic writing from over two hundred years ago. Despite its age, its wisdom holds true even today, touching on how nations ought to act when dealing with one another in order to promote peace and prosperity. Enhanced with an index and many informative appendixes, The Law of Nations is a top pick for anyone who would educate themselves with this international judicial studies classic from the Enlightenment period.

The Midwest Book Review
August 2008