Grotius and the International Politics of the Seventeenth Century

C. G. Roelofsen

in Hugo Grotius and International Relations

Published in print March 1992 | ISBN: 9780198277712
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598890 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Grotius and the International Politics of the Seventeenth Century

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Grotius’ major works, especially Mare Liberum and more subtly De Jure Belli ac Pacis, owe much to his political ambitions, and also to his experience of public affairs. A protégé of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and supporter of the position of the Dutch East India Company, Grotius was successively pensionary of Rotterdam (1613–18), in prison at Loewenstein (Loevestein) Castle (1619–21), and in exile (1621–45). Among the motives determining Grotius’ activities, his political aspirations played a constant and considerable role.

Keywords: Dutch East India Company; Loevestein Castle (alternative spelling); Loewenstein Castle; Mare Liberum; van Oldenbarnevelt; Rotterdam

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Subjects: International Relations

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