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The Spirit of the Laws [Paperback]

by Charles De Secondat Montesquieu, Thomas Nugent
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Book Description

January 1, 2010 1420938304 978-1420938302
This treatise on political theory, originally published anonymously in 1748, has become one of the most influential works of political science ever written. French philosopher Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu wrote this piece under the inspiration of such political theorists as René Descartes, Nicholas de Malebranche, and Niccolò Machiavelli. The ideas laid forth by Montesquieu in this work, especially that of balancing power among branches of government, had a prominent influence on the American Constitution, although at the time of its publication was subject to censorship. Over twenty years in the making, "The Spirit of Laws" considers a vast range of political topics including: the preservation of civil liberties, taxation, slavery, commerce, the role of women, crime and punishment, religion, education, morality and the law, and other matters of political, sociological, and anthropological importance. Undoubtedly, it has become one of the most emulated and highly-regarded treatises on political law ever written.

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

BARON DE MONTESQUIEU (1689-1755) was a French jurist, satirist, and political and social philosopher during the Enlightenment. His most well-known work, The Spirit of Laws, profoundly influenced European and American political thought and was relied on by the framers of the US Constitution. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420938304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420938302
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars In governments, their is nothing new under the sun. December 27, 1998
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This should be required reading for every high school student in America.
How does one understand the brilliance of our founding fathers and why they rejected total dem- ocracy, vs. democratic republic.
Montesque had insight lacking in our political leaders today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all who care about the future of USA November 22, 2013
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Historical , factual , brilliant, shoud be required reading in high scool and again later in lifeit is written in the past but refers to the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why I bought the book October 21, 2013
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I had this book when in college, but it deteriorated at such a degree that I had to throw it away. I had been searching for it since then, until I was told to look for it on your web site. The book is a must read , in order to preserve our democratic or republican way of life.
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