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Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

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Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

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    Available in PDF Format | Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought).pdf | English
    Anne M. Cohler(Editor)
The Spirit of the Laws is, without question, one of the central texts in the history of eighteenth-century thought, yet there has been no complete, scholarly English-language edition since that of Thomas Nugent, published in 1750. This lucid translation renders Montesquieu's problematic text newly accessible to a fresh generation of students, helping them to understand quite why Montesquieu was such an important figure in the early enlightenment and why The Spirit of the Laws was, for example, such an influence upon those who framed the American constitution. Fully annotated, this edition focuses attention upon Montesquieu's use of sources and his text as a whole, rather than upon those opening passages towards which critical energies have traditionally been devoted, and a select bibliography and chronology are provided for those coming to Montesquieu's work for the first time.
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  • PDF | 816 pages
  • Anne M. Cohler(Editor)
  • Cambridge University Press (21 Sept. 1989)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science & Nature

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  • By VH Reijkersz on 24 June 2013

    I cannot escape the feeling that Montesqieu tries to be as clear as possible to his readers. But in quite a few sentences I lose complete track of what he is trying to say. Not sure if its due to Montesqieu or the translation.

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