The space of the sea in Montesquieu's political thought

  title={The space of the sea in Montesquieu's political thought},
  author={Hansong Li},
  journal={Global Intellectual History},
  pages={421 - 442}
  • Hansong Li
  • Published 25 September 2018
  • Art, History
  • Global Intellectual History
ABSTRACT From the scientific and literary expression ‘flux et reflux’ to the political and juridical language of the ‘citoyens du navire,’ the ocean as a physical and social space is a salient thread over time and across genres in Montesquieu's political thought. Amidst the high tides of maritime expansion and oceanic trade, Montesquieu's perspective of the sea, far from static, evolved along with the thinker. This essay for the first time uses the space of the sea to navigate Montesquieu's… 
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