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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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(p.19) Preface.
The Last Waltz of the Law of Nations

Jean Allain

Oxford University Press

Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval’s Preface to his Institutions du Droit de La Nature et des Gens sets out the content of his study. The Preface outlines each of the three Books and the Appendix, wherein he considers the fundamentals of the Law of Nations in the wake of the French Revolution and the coming to power of Napoleon Bonaparte. Those consideration are developed by first providing an understanding of the internal functioning of the State so as to then build an understanding of the Law of Nations. Having set out the principles which govern inter-State relations, Rayneval provides an Appendix which focus on the policy considerations for those seeking to navigate the art of governing.

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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