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From Antwerp to Munster (1609/1648): Truce and Peace under the Law of Nations

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The Treaty of Antwerp of 9 April 1609 became an elaborate treaty which contained many detailed stipulations similar to those in peace treaties. Moreover, the Antwerp Treaty was later supplemented by two additional and interpretative treaties, which detailed its clauses even more and made it further resemble a proper peace. This chapter offers a brief survey of what medieval and early-modern jurists up to Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) had to say on the subject of truce. Then, it examines the implications of the distinction between truce and peace at Antwerp and Munster through the comparative study of three texts: the Antwerp Truce of 1609, the Dutch draft truce of May 1646 and the final Munster Peace Treaty of 1648. Finally, the chapter adds a brief comparison with other early modern long-term truces.

Keywords: Antwerp Truce; Dutch Republic; Hugo Grotius; Munster; peace treaties; Treaty of Antwerp



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