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by Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat, baron de

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TitleThe spirit of the laws : volume 1
Author / Responsible partyMontesquieu, Charles de Secondat, baron de
TopicsPhilosophy. Legal stories. Political science.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


A treatise on political theory. Originally published anonymously partly because Montesquieu's works were subject to censorship, its influence outside of France was aided by its rapid translation into other languages. Montesquieu's political treatise had an enormous influence on the work of many others, most notably: Catherine the Great, who produced Nakaz (Instruction); the Founding Fathers of the United States Constitution; and Alexis de Tocqueville, who applied Montesquieu's methods to a study of American society, in Democracy in America. In this political treatise Montesquieu pleaded in favor of a constitutional system of government and the separation of powers, the ending of slavery, the preservation of civil liberties and the law, and the idea that political institutions ought to reflect the social and geographical aspects of each community. (Introduction by Wikipedia). This audiobook covers Volume 1 (Books I to XIX) of "The Spirit of the Laws" (French: De "l'esprit des lois", also sometimes called "The Spirit of Laws").

Additional Information

System control numberS14443
Original Print PublisherLondon : Printed for J. Nourse and P. Vaillant, 1773
NarratorBenjamin Gittins.
Narrator NameBenjamin Gittins.
Participant or performer noteBenjamin Gittins.
Narrators GenderMale narrator