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The Last Waltz of the Law of NationsA Translation of The 1803 Edition of de Rayneval's The Institutions of Natural Law and the Law of Nations$
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Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198725138.001.0001

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Biographical Note on Mr. Rayneval

Biographical Note on Mr. Rayneval

(p.13) Biographical Note on Mr. Rayneval
The Last Waltz of the Law of Nations

Jean Allain

Oxford University Press

Meant to be read in conjunction with the Introduction to this translation, the ‘Biographical Note of Mr. Rayneval’ was penned by his son, François-Joseph-Maximilien, and appeared in the subsequent, 1832 expanded, two-volume third edition of the Institutions du Droit de La Nature et des Gens. The Note sets out in detail the life’s work of Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval, highlights his main achievements including having been the architect of the Peace of Paris of 1783. Not surprisingly, the Biographical Note reads like a testimonial of the life and work of Rayneval, wherein it concludes by stating that ‘one can add here without fear of being contradicted by those that knew him that he was esteemed by all, including the most distinguished of men, and respected with affection by his family’.

Keywords:   Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval, biography, French diplomatic history, French foreign policy, Ancien Régime, international law, history of international law

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