Montesquieu

Foreword

A note on the text

Common abbre­via­tions

Brief list of Montesquieu’s prin­ci­pal refe­ren­ces

Glossary

On the Spirit of Law

Preface

Part I

Book I. On law in gene­ral

Book II. On laws which derive directly from the nature of the govern­ment

Book III. On the prin­ci­ples of the three govern­ments

Book IV. That laws on edu­ca­tion must relate to the prin­ci­ples of the govern­ment

Book V. That the laws made by the legis­la­tor must be rela­tive to the prin­ci­ple of the govern­ment

Book VI. Consequences of the prin­ci­ples of the various govern­ments with res­pect to the sim­pli­city of the civil and cri­mi­nal laws, the form of judg­ments, and the esta­blish­ment of punish­ments

Book VII. Consequences of the dif­fe­rent prin­ci­ples of the three govern­ments with res­pect to sump­tuary laws, to luxury, and to the condi­tion of women

Book VIII. On the cor­rup­tion of the prin­ci­ples of the three govern­ments

Part II

Book IX. On the laws in their rela­tions to the defen­sive force

Book X. On the laws in their rela­tion to offen­sive strength

Book XI. On the laws that cons­ti­tute poli­ti­cal free­dom in their rela­tion to the cons­ti­tu­tion

Book XII. On laws that cons­ti­tute poli­ti­cal liberty in its rela­tion to the citi­zen

Book XIII. On the rela­tions which the levying of tri­bu­tes and the magni­tude of public reve­nues have with liberty

Part III

Book XIV. On the laws in their rela­tion to the nature of the cli­mate

Book XV. How the laws of civil sla­very relate to the nature of the cli­mate

Book XVI. How the laws of domes­tic sla­very relate to the nature of the cli­mate

Book XVII. How the laws of poli­ti­cal ser­vi­tude are rela­ted to the nature of the cli­mate

Book XVIII. On laws in their rela­tion­ship to the nature of the ter­rain

Book XIX. On the laws in the rela­tion they have to the prin­ci­ples that cons­ti­tute the gene­ral spi­rit, the ways, and the man­ners of a nation

Part IV

Book XX. On laws in their rela­tion­ship with com­merce, consi­de­red in its nature and its dis­tinc­tions

Book XXI. On laws in the rela­tion they have to com­merce, consi­de­red in the trans­for­ma­tions it has seen in the world

Book XXII. On the laws in their rela­tion to the use of money

Book XXIII. Of laws in their rela­tion to the num­ber of inha­bi­tants

Part V

Book XXIV. On laws in their rela­tion with reli­gion, consi­de­red in its doc­tri­nes and in itself

Book XXV. On laws in their rela­tion with the esta­blish­ment of reli­gion and its exter­nal policy

Book XXVI. On laws in the rela­tion they must have with the order of things on which they bear

Part VI

Book XXVII. On the ori­gin and trans­for­ma­tions of the Roman laws on suc­ces­sions

Book XXVIII. On the ori­gin and trans­for­ma­tions of the civil laws among the French

Book XXIX. On the man­ner of com­po­sing laws

Book XXX. Theory of feu­dal laws among the Franks, in the rela­tion they have to the esta­blish­ment of the monar­chy

Book XXXI. Theory of feu­dal laws among the Franks, in their rela­tion to the trans­for­ma­tions in their monar­chy