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Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

Christopher N. Warren


This book is a literary history of international law in the age of Shakespeare, Milton, Grotius, and Hobbes. It tells the previously untold story of major English Renaissance writers who used literary genres like epic, tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, and history to help create modern international law. Whereas international law’s standard histories regularly omit literary figures and debates, Warren instead delights in the early modern contests over literary form that animated texts ranging from Hobbes’ Leviathan, Hugo Grotius’ De Jure Belli ac Pacis, and Alberico Gentili’s De Jure Belli to Sidn ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, law of nations, history of international law, genre studies, Milton, Shakespeare, Grotius, Hobbes, law and literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher N. Warren, author
Assistant Professor of English, Carnegie Mellon University