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The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law edited by Fassbender, Bardo; Peters, Anne (1st October 2012)

VI People in Portrait, 52 Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)

Georg Cavallar

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 October 2019

Subject(s):
1648-1815 — Use of force, war, peace and neutrality
Rousseau, born in Geneva in June 1712 and spending most of his life in France, had a turbulent life which can be divided into three parts: his ‘apprentice’ years end in 1749 with his ‘illumination’ on his way to Vincennes; the years of maturity (1750–64), which were marked by his major publications, among them the three Discourses, Émile, and The Social Contract ; and finally the years of decline up to his death in 1778. 1 Rousseau's writings on international law and international relations fall into the second period. In 1756, he moved to a cottage called the...
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