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Hugo Grotius’s Political And Scholarly Activitiesin The Light Of His Correspondence

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The 7725 letters of Hugo Grotius's correspondence of the years 1594 to 1645 reflect the highlights and drawbacks of an eventful career. Grotius's scholarly activities are strongly reflected in his voluminous correspondence. The letter offered him an expedient means to supervise the publication of his works, to comment on recent developments in state and church, and to establish and maintain friendships. The correspondence is a source that adds much to the information contained in his books. In order to describe his activities as a scholar, the author made an arbitrary choice that easily could have turned out otherwise, since the correspondence contains many interesting and informative letters that enable us to follow Grotius in his workaday life, with both abiding features and new developments.

Keywords: Christianity; Hugo Grotius; patriotism; political activities; scholarly activities; Swedish politics



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