A "Romantic" Conception of International Law Ward, Robert. An Enquiry Into the Foundation and History of the Law of Nations in Europe, From the Time of the Greeks and Romans to the Age of Grotius. Dublin: Printed by P. Wogan, P. Byrne, W. Jones and J. Rice, 1795. Two volumes. lii, 236; [ii], 379 pp. Reprinted 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584773931. ISBN-10: 1584773936. Hardcover. Covers lightly bumped, else fine. $140. * Since the seventeenth century the law of nations was dominated by the theory of natural law, which posited the existence of legal principles shared by all ages, places and peoples. This theory shaped the work of such major jurists as Grotius, Pufendorf and Selden. It was enshrined during the eighteenth century by advocates of the Enlightenment. Ward [1765-1846] rejected this theory. A Romantic, he had no use for universal systems. Instead, he appreciated the uniqueness of cultures and the differences between the past and the present. One of the first to apply Romantic ideas to the subject, he treated the law of nations as a malleable concept that changed considerably since antiquity.
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