Brill is publishing a new edited collection on early modern sovereignties.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The essays in this volume explore the theories and practices of sovereignty in the context of state-building in the early modern Northern and Southern Low Countries. The Dutch Revolt, the secession of the northern provinces from the Spanish empire, the formation of the Dutch Republic and the reconstitution of Habsburg authority in the south, fostered tense debates among scholars and political leaders about the legitimacy, organisation and processes of law and governance. This made the Low Countries a prime battlefield for theoretical and political contestations about the nature of public authority and the relations between different layers of government in early-modern Europe. The book approaches this historical debate from three angles: (1) political theoretical, (2) legal, and (3) politico-historical.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Erik De Bom, Ph.D. (2009), KU Leuven, is Research Fellow at that university. He has published on the history of political thought in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, early-modern intellectual history and Renaissance humanism.
Randall Lesaffer is Professor of legal history at KU Leuven as well as Tilburg University. His research focuses on the historical development of the law of nations in Europa since the sixteenth century. He is general editor of Oxford Historical Treaties and The Cambridge History of International Law.
Werner Thomas is professor of Spanish and Spanish American History at KU Leuven. He publishes on the Low Countries and the Spanish monarchy, the repression of Protestantism in Spain, and the government of Archdukes Albert and Isabella in the Southern Netherlands.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
The Construction of Sovereignty
1 Sovereignty in Grotius
2 Ideas on Sovereignty
Soto, Vázquez and Grotius
Gustaaf van Nifterik
3 Conform to the Government and Acknowledge the Sovereignty
Simon Stevin and François Vranck, a Practical Approach to Contested Sovereignty
Lies van Aelst
The Use and Limits of Sovereignty
4 Sovereignty as Argument
The Habsburg-Dutch Struggle for Territory before and after Westphalia, 1576–1664
Bram De Ridder
5 Sovereignty and Early Modern Private Property Rights
6 The ‘Perfect Principality’ of the Archdukes Albert and Isabella
Project and Reality of a ‘Separate Sovereignty’ of the Spanish Crown, 1529–1621
Alicia Esteban Estríngana
Sovereigns and Sovereignty in Practice
7 ‘The King is the Real Sovereign of this Countries’
Politics of Justice and Order from the Duke of Alba in the Netherlands, 1567–1571
8 Electing a Prince
the Popular Transfer of Sovereignty at the End of the Sixteenth Century
José Javier Ruiz Ibáñez
9 North-Netherlandish Sovereigns at Work in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century
10 Early Seventeenth-Century Representative Institutions and Law Making in the Habsburg Netherlands
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