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Hugo Grotius and International Relations$
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Hedley Bull, Benedict Kingsbury, and Adam Roberts

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198277717.001.0001

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Grotius and the International Politics of the Seventeenth Century

Grotius and the International Politics of the Seventeenth Century

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Hugo Grotius and International Relations

C. G. Roelofsen

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Grotius’ major works, especially Mare Liberum and more subtly De Jure Belli ac Pacis, owe much to his political ambitions, and also to his experience of public affairs. A protégé of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and supporter of the position of the Dutch East India Company, Grotius was successively pensionary of Rotterdam (1613–18), in prison at Loewenstein (Loevestein) Castle (1619–21), and in exile (1621–45). Among the motives determining Grotius’ activities, his political aspirations played a constant and considerable role.

Keywords:   Dutch East India Company, Loevestein Castle (alternative spelling), Loewenstein Castle, Mare Liberum, van Oldenbarnevelt, Rotterdam

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