Spirit of Laws
By (author) Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
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Spirit of Laws by Charles de Secondat,Baron de Montesquieu
Book DescriptionOne of the most influential books of all time, this masterpiece of political philosophy was widely read throughout Europe, attracted an especially enthusiastic readership in England, and had a profound effect on the framers of the American Constitution. The scope of this masterful work is truly prodigious. Montesquieu explores the essentials of good government; compares and contrasts despotism, monarchy, and democracy; and discusses the factors that lead to corruption of governments. Among the many other topics considered are education of the citizenry, crime and punishment, abuse of power and of liberty, individual rights, taxation, slavery, the role of women, the influence of climate on the temper of a people and their form of government, commerce, religion, and a host of additional subjects. "The Spirit of Laws" is essential and genuinely enjoyable reading for anyone interested in the development of democracy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573929493
(215mm x 140mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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This is the first complete, scholarly English-language edition of "The Spirit of the Laws" since 1750. It is one of the central texts in the history of 18th-century thought and this annotated edition focuses attention on Montesquieu's use of sources and his text as a whole.
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