Hobbes's Thucydides and the Colonial Law of Nations

Warren, Christopher N.
October 2009
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2009, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p260
Academic Journal
This article attempts to make sense of Thomas Hobbes' 1628 translation of Thucydides, published as Eight Bookes of the Peloponesian Warres, in terms of seventeenth-century interest in and debates over the law of nations, or ius gentium. Its aim is to augment existing scholarship focusing on Hobbes' royalism with attention to Hobbes' engagements with the law of nations. The article argues that Hobbes' translation should be seen not just as a precursor to Hobbes' later treatises but as part of broader English concerns in the 1620s about the law of nations and the legal justifications and moral obligations of empire.


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