Lipsius and Grotius: Tacitism

  title={Lipsius and Grotius: Tacitism},
  author={Jan Waszink},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  pages={151 - 168}
  • J. Waszink
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • History
  • History of European Ideas
Summary This article focuses on the Tacitist thought shared by Justus Lipsius and Hugo Grotius. Contrary to what his later works might suggest, in the years before the Dutch political crisis of 1618, Grotius appears willing to look at history and contemporary politics in terms of the Tacitist and reason-of-state-based categories defined in Lipsius's political works. A specific Lipsian inspiration seems present in Grotius's Amsterdam address of 1616, and his analysis of the early Dutch Revolt in… 
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