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Changes of State: Nature and the Limits of the City in Early Modern Natural Law

Annabel S. Brett


This is a book about the theory of the city or commonwealth, what would come to be called the state, in early modern natural law discourse. It takes a fresh approach by looking at this political entity from the perspective of its boundaries and those who crossed them. The book begins with a classic debate from the Spanish sixteenth century over the political treatment of mendicants, showing how cosmopolitan ideals of porous boundaries could simultaneously justify the freedoms of itinerant beggars and the activities of European colonists in the Indies. It goes on to examine the boundaries of th ... More

Keywords: commonwealth, city, state, natural law, porous boundary, early modern politics, political boundaries, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691141930
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691141930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annabel S. Brett, author
University of Cambridge