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International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées

Studies on Montesquieu - Mapping Political Diversity

Authors: Minuti, Rolando

  • Offers an original approach and philologically grounded analysis of Montesquieu’s thought
  • Ties in with debates about European approach to “other” societies and cultures
  • Examines the roots of Eurocentric ideas
  • Addresses the problem of the circulation and uses of information in non-European societies in 18th century European culture
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This volume studies a fundamental element of Montesquieu’s argumentative architecture that is most apparent in his De l’Esprit des Lois: the problem of giving order to, and establishing a network of consistent explanations of political, social and cultural diversity. Following a thorough and careful analysis of his writings, the volume approaches this subject by observing the use of the information sources available to Montesquieu, the relationships between them, and the judgments he expresses. The book examines some of Montesquieu’s essential theoretical contributions, such as the idea of despotism, and the connection between politics, society and religion, on the basis of his reflections on the variety of mainly non-European societies and cultures. It demonstrates a number of possible inconsistencies and unresolved questions in Montesquieu’s argumentation. One of the main subjects of the book is the consideration of geographical context as an essential element for elaborating uniform criteria of political analysis. The book collects contributions concerning Montesquieu’s reflections on China, Tartary, Japan, India, America, Russia, and the Islamic world, and, building on this earlier research, it shows the importance of Montesquieu’s thought and explains the reason for his longstanding influence.

About the authors

Rolando Minuti is professor of Modern History at the University of Florence. His main research area is the European intellectual history of the  XVIIIth century: historiography, orientalism, the work of Montesquieu and other leading members of Enlightenment culture. Several of his main publications are: Oriente barbarico e storiografia settecentesca (Venezia, Marsilio, 1994), Orientalismo e idee di tolleranza nella cultura francese del primo ‘700 (Firenze, Olschki, 2006), Montesquieu. Spicilège (edité par R. Minuti, et annoté par S. Rotta, Oxford, The Voltaire Foundation, 2002).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Natural Environment, Society and Government

    Minuti, Rolando

    Pages 1-20

  • Japan and the Tyranny of Legislation

    Minuti, Rolando

    Pages 21-43

  • The Image of Russia

    Minuti, Rolando

    Pages 45-65

  • «The Most Singular People on Earth»

    Minuti, Rolando

    Pages 67-92

  • India in the Work of Montesquieu

    Minuti, Rolando

    Pages 93-114

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Studies on Montesquieu - Mapping Political Diversity
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
224
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77456-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77456-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77454-1
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 202
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