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Bodin: On Sovereignty

Bodin: On Sovereignty

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: April 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521349925

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  • This volume contains the essential points of Jean Bodin's theory of sovereignty, a landmark in legal theory and royalist ideology. The four chapters presented form the core of Bodin's classic work, Six Livres de la Republique. Bodin was primarily responsible for introducing the seductive but erroneous notion that sovereignty is indivisible, that the entire power of the state had to be vested in a single individual or group. This thesis, combined with the prevailing crisis of authority during the French religious wars, led Bodin to a systematically absolutist interpretation of the French and other European monarchies. This is the first complete translation of this material into English since 1606, and is accompanied by a lucid introduction, chronology, and bibliography.

    • Bodin is an important figure in early modern political thought, propounding an influential theory justifying absolute monarchy. The four chapters here contain the essence of Bodin's theory
    • This is the first full translation of these works into English since 1606
    • Julian Franklin is a noted authority on the political thought of the time, and especially on Bodin
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    'Professor Julian Franklin's edition of 'Bodin: On Sovereignty' consists of four chapters from Les Six Livres de la République, incontestably one of the seminal texts in modern political thought.' French History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521349925
    • length: 194 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Principal events in Bodin's life
    Bibliography
    Note on the text
    Notes on format
    Notes on translation
    1. République
    2. Book 1, chapter 8 on sovereignty
    3. Book 1, chapter 10 on the true marks of sovereignty
    4. Book 2, chapter 1 on the kinds of state in general
    5. Book 2, chapter 5 whether it is lawful to make an attempt upon the tyrant's life and to nullify and repeal his ordinances after he is dead
    Textual notes
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Christianity & Modern State
    • The State: A Conceptual and Historical Inquiry
  • Author

    Jean Bodin

    Editor

    Julian H. Franklin

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