VI People in Portrait, 52 Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)
Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters
- 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...