David W. Carrithers is the Adolph Ochs Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Philip Stewart is the Benjamin E. Powell Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies at Duke University.
'This splendid edition of Montesquieu's essays - most of which are translated here for the first time, and all of which are scrupulously annotated - will be an indispensable resource for scholars and students of Montesquieu, the Enlightenment, and the liberal tradition.' Dennis Rasmussen, Syracuse University 'Montesquieu's intellectual obsessions remain our own - including republicanism, the separation of powers, despotism, liberty, the role of women in society and politics, the benefits and costs of global trade, the effects of religious beliefs, and science and society to name just a few. This translation of a range of his shorter works with its insightful introduction is a treasure for students and scholars alike who wish both to broaden and deepen their knowledge of a foremost thinker of the Enlightenment whose thought helped to shape the world in which we live.' Vickie Sullivan, Tufts University 'This collection of previously untranslated works by Montesquieu is beautifully executed and long overdue. It demonstrates the great sweep of Montesquieu's esprit across topics ranging from modern science to ancient Rome to the politics, morality, and economics of his time. Scholars of Montesquieu and students of the Enlightenment will long be indebted to Carrithers and Stewart for this very fine volume.' Sharon Krause, Brown University