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Montesquieu: Selected Political Writings

By Montesquieu
Edited and translated by Melvin Richter (NHC Fellow, 1989–90)

Political Theory; Age of Enlightenment; Constitutional Law; Government; Lettres persanes; Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Romains et de leur décadence; De l'esprit des lois; Baron de Montesquieu

Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 1990

From the publisher’s description:

The essential political writings of Montesquieu—a substantial abridgment of The Spirit of the Laws, plus judicious selections from The Persian Letters and Considerations of the Romans’ Greatness and Decline—are masterfully translated by Melvin Richter. Prefaced by a new fifty-page introduction by Richter for this revised edition, The Selected Political Writings displays the genius and virtuosity of Montesquieu the philosopher, social critic, political theorist, and literary stylist, whose work commands the attention of all students of the Enlightenment and of modern constitutional thought.

Philosophy / Political Science / Political Theory / Age of Enlightenment / Constitutional Law / Government / Lettres persanes / Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Romains et de leur décadence / De l'esprit des lois / Baron de Montesquieu /

Richter, Melvin (NHC Fellow, 1989–90), ed. and trans. Montesquieu: Selected Political Writings, by Montesquieu. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 1990.