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15 - Historical Writings

from Part III - Grotius as a Man of Letters, Theologian and Political Writer

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 September 2021

Randall Lesaffer
Affiliation:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Janne E. Nijman
Affiliation:
Universiteit van Amsterdam
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In this chapter five main themes emerge with respect to the historiographical side of Grotius' works: (1) the polarity between constitutionalism and patriotism on the one hand, and reason of state and Scepticism on the other; (2) Grotius’ ‘secularising’ reading of history; (3) the close correlation between scholarship and politics; (4) Grotius’ use of sources and his relation to contemporary developments in Antiquarianism; and (5) the important role of historical perspectives in his other works such as De Jure Belli and the Annotationes on the New Testament.

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Print publication year: 2021

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Damon, D., den Hengst, D. , van der Poel, M., Waszink, J.,: ‘Dossier: Tacitus and Grotius’, Grotiana N.S. 29 (2008) and 30 (2009).Google Scholar
Waszink, J., ‘Tacitism in Holland: Hugo GrotiusAnnales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis’, in Schnur, Rhoda (ed.), Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Bonnensis: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Neo-Latin Studies (Bonn, 2003; Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies 315, 2006).Google Scholar
Waszink, J., ‘Lipsius and Grotius: Tacitism’, History of European Ideas 39 (2013) 151–68.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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