Laws of War

About this Collection

The founder of the modern idea that the destructiveness of war could be limited by law, Hugo Grotius, wrote his great work during the Thirty Years War. It was taken up again during the Enlightenment by theorists like Vattel and reached its pinnacle in the 20th century with the Hague and Geneva Conventions.

Key People

Titles & Essays

A – Z List

France Andorra Monaco

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Law Of Nations

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Quotes

War & Peace

Erasmus has the personification of Peace come down to earth to see with dismay how war ravages human societies (1521)

Desiderius Erasmus

War & Peace

Grotius on Moderation in Despoiling the Country of one’s Enemies (1625)

Hugo Grotius

War & Peace

Hugo Grotius on civil right being derived from civil power

Hugo Grotius

War & Peace

Thomas Hodgskin on the Suffering of those who had been Impressed or Conscripted into the despotism of the British Navy (1813)

Thomas Hodgskin