An Abridged Version of the Project for Perpetual Peace
Roderick Pace; Carmen Depasquale
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Seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe was a cauldron of wars and upheavals. However, in the midst of this turmoil, some of the more imaginative and gifted Europeans were able to think ?outside the box?, on how to establish a lasting peace in Europe. One of these enlightened Europeans was Charles Iren�e Castel de Saint-Pierre, better known as the Abb� de Saint-Pierre. Throughout his life, Saint-Pierre wrote several projects on a wide range of subjects. However, the one closest to his heart and which he promoted with the greatest vigour, was no doubt the 1713 Project for Perpetual Peace. In these works, Saint-Pierre proposes the signing of a treaty binding all the nations of Europe in a ?Grand Alliance? and the establishment of a European Assembly in a ?City of Peace?. This first-ever translation of the 1729 edition of the Abr�g� into English makes this work accessible to a wider audience.