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Title:
The political theory of Montesquieu
Author:
Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat, baron de, 1689-1755.
Uniform Title:
Works. Selections. English. 1976
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1977.
Physical Description:
xi, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780521211567

9780521290616
Format :
Book

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Central Library JC179 .M68 1977 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
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Summary

This volume makes available in an English translation the most significant part of Montesquieu's political, social and legal theory. About two-thirds of the volume has been translated from the Spirit of the Laws, not redone in English since the eighteenth century. That version was notoriously inadequate: Montesquieu's key terms were not rendered consistently; often his meaning was distorted by giving the nearest English eighteenth-century legal or institutional equivalent. Finally, English usage has changed so much that the eighteenth-century translation makes Montesquieu seem both quaint and obscure. This volume also includes substantial selections from the Persian Letters and the Considerations on the Causes of the Romans; Greatness and Decline. Although adequate translations of these works exist, it seemed advisable to maintain intellectual and stylistic consistency by providing English versions on the same principles as the Spirit of the Laws.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Selections from the Persian Letters
2 Selections from Considerations on the Causes of the Romans Greatness and Decline
3 Selections from the Spirit of the Laws
Notes
Glossary
Index

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