Allen Z. Hertz was senior advisor in the Privy Council Office serving Canada's Prime Minister and the federal cabinet. He formerly worked in Canada's Foreign Affairs Department and earlier taught history and law at universities in New York, Montreal, Toronto and Hong Kong. He studied European history and languages at McGill University (B.A.) and then East European and Ottoman history at Columbia University (M.A., Ph.D.). He also has international law degrees from Cambridge University (LL.B.) and the University of Toronto (LL.M.).
This is first publication of the integral text of "Treaty Obligation from the Protestant Reformation to 1919." However, portions dealing with "Honour's Role in the International States' System" were published in Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Vol. 31 (2002), pp. 113-155, and also appear as a separate posting on this website. Research for this present essay took place in Ottawa during service with the Privy Council Office which greatly assisted by regularly making conveniently available a variety of materials, including some rare books, from the Supreme Court of Canada Library, the National Library of Canada and the Library of Parliament. "Treaty Obligation from the Protestant Reformation to 1919" is current to the end of 2002.
The Part 1: Introduction discusses the thesis that before the First World War the moral and "natural law" principle that "agreements are to be kept" (pacta sunt servanda) was binding in honour alone. Part 2 reviews classical international law’s assessment of the treaty as a legal source. Part 3 shows that, before the First World War, treaties were not always accepted as an integral part of international law. Part 4 explains why treaties were then not seen as legally binding, and describes how international law governed treaties via pacta sunt servanda as a moral and "natural law" requirement. Part 5 illuminates the State’s moral personality with reference to both personification and treaties as “contracts of kings.” Honour is identified as one of the principal features of pre-1914 European civilization and international relations in Part 6. Part 7 portrays the “old diplomacy” as a milieu focusing on honour. Here in this present posting, Part 8 shows what kings, prime ministers, philosophers and lawyers had to say about treaties binding in honour. The honour of treaties as seen in Britain and the USA is the subject of Parts 9 and 10 respectively. Part 11 recalls that, before 1914, all treaties were a “gentlemen’s agreement” -- an expression which only made sense in public international law after 1919, i.e. as a specific exception to the new rule that treaties are normally binding in law. Part 12 treats the “new diplomacy” that arose during the First World War and discusses the rise of the legal paradigm. Finally, Part 13 highlights the law-centered order inaugurated by the 1919 Paris Peace Settlement which created conditions supporting 20th-century discourse about treaties as legally binding.
Absent legal remedies why make treaties?
German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) significantly observed that kings “almost constantly” make treaties. This was “the experience” and “practice of the world” that later prompted Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist David Hume (1711-1776) to remark: “For as princes do actually form treaties among themselves, they must propose some advantage from the execution of them....” Hume’s empiricism makes sense because generations of diplomatists would not have troubled to negotiate so many formal agreements unless they believed that the moral requirement to keep treaty promises was binding in some significant way. It has already been shown that, before the First World War, the treaty was seldom regarded as legally binding. What then was the precise sense in which treaties were felt to have obligatory force? Substantial evidence shows that pre-1914 statesmen and diplomatists saw the moral precept that treaty promises be kept, as binding in honour.
Machiavelli as foil
Articulating the 15th and 16th century humanist paradigm of princely government, Giovanni Pontano (1426-1503), Vespasiano da Bisticci (1421-1498), Francesco Patrizi (1529-1597), Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529) and Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) all taught that honour requires a prince to be true to his word. With personal experience of government and diplomacy, Machiavelli paid lip service to this tradition, but at heart believed that loyalty and promises meant practically nothing in the politics of his day. He, therefore, wrote about treaties with an empiricism that shocked his contemporaries: "Force and necessity, not writings and obligations, make princes keep faith (osservare la fede)." And, this late dictum matched his earlier explanation: "Not merely are forced promises not kept among princes when the force is removed, but also all other promises are not kept when the cause that induced the promise is removed." Machiavelli contrasted treaty compliance by princes and republics, not in terms of honour, but from the standpoint of comparative speed of decision-making:
When they fear for their positions, either of them, in order not to lose, will break faith with you and show you ingratitude.... Wherever, then, there is fear, in practice one will find the same loyalty (fede).... Where there is urgent peril, some sort of stability will be found in republics sooner than in princes. Because, even though republics have the same courage (animo) and desire as a prince, their sluggish movement will always make their decisions more protracted than those of a prince; hence their breach of faith will be more protracted than his. Alliances (confederazioni) are broken for profit. At this point, republics are far more observant of their agreements (accordi) than princes. There are instances in which a very small profit has made a prince break faith, and in which a great profit has not made a republic do so.
In what German historian Friedrich Meinecke (1862-1954) called The Prince’s “most evil and notorious chapter,” Machiavelli argued that breach of treaty is often necessary:
Experience in our time shows that those princes have done great things who have valued their faith (fede) little, and who have understood how to addle the brains of men with trickery; and in the end they have vanquished those who have stood upon their loyalty (lealtà).... A prudent ruler cannot and should not keep faith, when such observance would work against himself, and the reasons that initially made him promise are spent. If all men were good, this maxim would not be good, but because they are bad and do not keep faith with you, you likewise do not have to keep faith with them. Never has a shrewd prince lacked legitimate reasons to justify non-observance... Countless modern examples show how many peace treaties (paci) and promises have been made null and empty by the unfaithfulness (infedeltà) of princes.Explicitly rejecting the foregoing passage became characteristic of the anti-Machiavellians, who for three centuries made the value of a good reputation a powerful stereotype in European political thought.
Bodin and the 1526
Among anti-Machiavellians, Bodin was an exponent of rigorously applying pacta sunt servanda to the relations of sovereigns:
I know that the flatterers of princes, who discuss these things too indulgently, diligently seek out every pretense for perjury. But those who reason more forcefully think that the keeping of promises must be preferred before all questions of profit whatsoever, if — after verbal quibbles have been set aside — the terms of the agreement are clear and without doubt.Adopting the dictum of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) “that a prince must be nourished with the desire of true glory, to give him the taste of virtue,” Bodin believed that treaties are binding in honour. Comparing monarchies with republics, he dissented from Machiavelli in judging that princes are more likely to keep their peace treaties because:
the laws of honour are in much more recommendation to a sovereign prince than to a multitude of artisans or merchants, who are kings in a name collective, and nothing in particular.
Bodin recounted the denunciation of the “unjust” 1526 Madrid Treaty, made by French King Francis I, while prisoner of the Emperor Charles V. “Not bound by it either in honour or in conscience” was the opinion of
’s Lord Chancellor Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who was also an experienced diplomat. However, Charles clearly invoked dishonour as the sanction for breach of treaty: England
He has cheated me; he has acted neither as a knight nor a nobleman, but basely. I demand that if he cannot fulfil his treaty, the Most Christian King [Francis] should keep his word and become my prisoner again. It would be better for us two to fight out this quarrel hand to hand than to shed so much Christian blood.Because Charles “had touched his honour and reputation,” Francis summoned all the princes of the realm to his parlement. There, the imperial ambassador was told that Francis accepted the challenge, because Charles spoke falsely to say that Francis had broken his faith. Bodin explained this readiness to duel:
It was done like generous princes, to let all the world understand, that there is nothing more foul and impious than the breach of faith, especially in princes.” However, Bodin added:King Francis the First — doubting that he should hear something of a herald which was sent to him from the Emperor Charles the Fifth, that might be some impeach unto his majesty — caused a gibet to be set up before the court gate, when he heard that he [the herald] approached, letting him understand, that he [Francis] would hang him, if he opened his mouth; for having given the emperor the lie, he [Francis] knew well that the herald could not bring him any answer, without some touch to his honour and dignity.
For Grotius treaty obligation “honourable”?
Dutch statesman and scholar Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) suggested an answer to this question in his discussion of royal contracts, i.e. “in what sense a king may rightly be said to be under obligation to his subjects by the law of nature only, and not by municipal law.” Criticising legal writers for disjunctively separating natural obligation from the obligation of civil law contracts, Grotius insisted that obligation:
of which the fulfillment is by nature honourable (honestum)” applies both to contracts enforceable under domestic law and agreements under the law of nature. ...the words [i.e. honestum est] are more properly used with reference to that which does in truth bind us, whether the other party acquired a [municipal] right therefrom, as in contracts, or has not acquired it, as in a full and firm promise.Since a “full and firm promise” under natural law is entirely coordinate with Grotius’ notion of a treaty, the certain conclusion is that he included treaties within the ambit of an obligation “the fulfillment of which is by nature honourable.”
How did Cardinal Richelieu see treaties?
French statesman Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) argued that a Great Power has to be especially fastidious about keeping promises and pointed to loss of reputation (i.e. dishonour) as the sanction for breach of treaty:
Although it is a common saying that he who is strong is ordinarily right, it is at the same time true that when two unequal powers are joined by a treaty, the greater courts the risk of being abandoned by the lesser. The reason for this is self-evident. His good reputation is so important to a great prince that no possible gain could compensate for its loss, which would be the result if he failed to hold to his pledged word. But anyone can offer terms to him of little power which he will probably consider, in spite of his sovereign rank, more useful than the retention of his honour, and thus lead him to evade his responsibility to his partner. The latter, although foreseeing his disloyalty, can do nothing to prevent it because to be abandoned by one’s allies is of lesser consequence than the loss of prestige that would come from a violation of one’s word. Kings should be very careful with regard to the treaties they conclude, but having concluded them, they should observe them religiously. I well know that many statesmen advise to the contrary, but without considering here what the Christian religion offers in answer to such advice, I maintain that the loss of honour is worse than the loss of life itself. A great prince should sooner put in jeopardy both his own interests and even those of the state than break his word, which he can never violate without losing his reputation and by consequence the greatest instrument of sovereigns.
Louis XIV: the word of a King
Louis saw himself as the embodiment of the State. He was in direct control of
France’s foreign policy and understood Europe as “a society of more or less powerful princes” among whom he demanded precedence as a point of honour. Aspiring to glory via virtù, Louis sincerely believed that a keener sense of honour is what makes monarchy superior to aristocracy and democracy. He saw less risk in a treaty backed by a prince’s honour than in an agreement with a State with several rulers. In 1661, he wrote:
A king need never be ashamed of seeking fame, for it is a good that must be ceaselessly and avidly desired, and which alone is better able to secure success of our aims than any other thing. Reputation is often more effective than the most powerful armies. All conquerors have gained more by reputation than by the sword....More to the point, Louis’ political writing explicitly links a king’s invaluable reputation for honour to good faith, keeping promises (le respect de la parole donnée) and willingness to fulfil treaty obligations.
Honour in Mably’s political science
Mably agreed with Richelieu that “princes of the second order” are less likely to keep their engagements and that “dominant powers” must be scrupulous in treaty observance. He rhetorically asked whether a prince of Peter the Great’s intelligence would have been willing (1721) to make a separate peace with Sweden:
Would he have been capable of betraying the trust of his allies, to be the dupe of a misunderstood greed, and to sacrifice for it his reputation for good faith and fidelity, more precious than the richest provinces? He was too smart to be ignorant of the fact that the more powerful the State, the more must it make its alliance worthy of respect: this is one of the first principles — true at all times, under all circumstances — from which one never deviates without danger.
The honour-related emphasis on reputation and confidence also featured in Anti-Machiavel written by
the Great, while Crown Prince of Prussia: Frederick
’s thinking on treaty obligation was the tension between demands of honour and raison d’État: Frederick
Here, I speak neither of honesty nor virtue, but — considering only the interest of princes — I say that it is a very bad policy for them to be tricksters and to try to dupe the world. They have but to deceive once, which suffices for them to lose the confidence of all princes.Central to
I hope that the posterity I am writing for will distinguish the philosopher in me from the ruler, and the respectable man from the politician. I must confess that it is very hard to maintain purity and uprightness if one is caught up in the great political maelstrom of
Europe. One sees oneself continually in danger of being betrayed by one’s allies, forsaken by one’s friends, brought low by envy and jealousy; and ultimately one finds oneself obliged to choose between the terrible alternatives of sacrificing one’s people or one’s word of honour.
Honour stricter than natural law?
The significance of
A prince, when urgent circumstances and some violent and sudden emergency in the needs of his state cause him to break his word and his faith... should attribute this necessity to the stroke of the divine rod; crime it is not, for he has put aside his own sense of what is right for a more universal and potent rightness.Similarly,
Since every treaty must be made under proper authorization, a treaty disastrous to the State is void and in no way binding upon it; for no ruler has the power to bind himself to do things which could bring about the ruin of the State when the sovereignty has been conferred upon him for its welfare. The Nation itself, being bound by the duties of self-preservation and self-protection, cannot enter into agreements opposed to its indispensable obligations.
Claiming to be more tied to “la bonne foi des traités,” Frederick cautiously conceded:
I must acknowledge that there are some unfortunate exigencies where a prince cannot prevent himself from breaking his treaties and alliances; but he must do so as an honourable man (en honnête homme) by warning his allies in good time, and above all by never allowing things to come to such extremities unless driven to it by a great necessity and for the safety of his peoples.The conflict between necessity and honour caused Frederick to join Richelieu and Mably in believing that lesser powers are more often driven to conduct resembling “a tissue of villainy,” while “love of glory” could animate Great Powers to choose honour by following an “equable, virile and vigorous system.” He pointed to France’s Louis XIV and Brandenburg’s Frederick William:
The two of them made treaties and broke them, the one through ambition and the other through necessity: powerful princes escape the slavery of their word by a free and independent will; princes who have little strength fail in their engagements, because they are often obliged to give way to exigencies.
Dishonour as the sanction for breach of treaty is clear in
Frederick’s acid account of the alleged “perfidy” of British Prime Minister Lord Bute, said to have betrayed Prussia (1762) by beginning separate talks to take out of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). Britain
Reacting to Frederick’s recriminations, King George III protested to Lord Bute:
England’s “desertion of the King of Prussia” had been “insidious, tricking, base and treacherous.”
Reacting to Frederick’s recriminations, King George III protested to Lord Bute:
In plain English, he [Frederick] gives me the lie; no private man of any spirit would bear such treatment for one moment, and I have a still stronger call on me, the character of a King makes it necessary not to suffer this ill usage, my country is attacked through me, for as our interest is inseparable, when my veracity is doubted that is not only giving me an affront but tis affronting Britain.However, William Pitt the elder agreed that
Jean Jacques Burlamaqui
The sanctity of an oath, which generally accompanies solemn treaties, is an additional motive to engage princes to observe them with the utmost fidelity; and certainly nothing is more shameful for sovereigns, who so rigorously punish such of their subjects, as fail in their engagements, than to sport with treaties and public faith, and to look upon these only as the means of deceiving each other. The ‘royal word’ ought therefore to be inviolable and sacred. But there is reason to apprehend, that if princes are not more attentive to this point, this expression will soon degenerate into an opposite sense, in the same manner as formerly ‘Carthaginian faith’ (Punica fides) was taken for perfidy.
Also in the 1740's, Wolff was saying “nations and their rulers are bound by nature to observe treaties and promises and not to violate a promise given.” However, entirely rooted in honour’s emotive vocabulary is his account of the consequences of keeping or breaking treaties. Praise (laus) and glory (gloria) are the fruits of treaty compliance while the innate baseness (intrinseca turpitudo) of treaty violation invites the name of perfidy (nomen perfidiae):
The good reputation (bona fama) of governments is part of its fame (gloria), likewise the customary keeping of faith in agreements with other nations. [...] Nothing contributes more to the glory (laus) of nations and their rulers than complete and perfect good faith, since it is of the greatest importance that a promise given should not be violated, if treaties have been made. Therefore, since not only nations, but also in particular their rulers, ought to desire that they be worthy of fame (gloria), and do nothing which can diminish or weaken it, nations therefore and their rulers ought to take care to be full of faith, steadfast and persistent. Nothing tarnishes the reputation (fama) of a nation or of the ruler of a nation among outside nations more than treachery (perfidia). Foolish is the ambition of those who desire to be pre-eminent among other nations and strive for glory of name (ad nominis gloriam), and — relying on their power — consider it not at all opposed to their religion to violate a promise.
Wolff saw dishonour as the sanction for breach of treaty:
It is disgraceful (turpe) in the common people to break faith, it is much more disgraceful if sovereign powers, which make treaties should break faith. For since sovereign powers... represent the entire nation, if a sovereign should break faith, it is just as if there were not even one person in the entire nation who would keep faith. Hence it is easy to compare the extent of the turpitude (turpitudo) of this fault (vitium) in the sovereign power to its turpitude in a private individual. And since the ruler of a state ought to refer the royal acts to the glory of his nation (ad gloriam Gentis) and do nothing which can diminish or injure it in any way, so much the more ought he to consider the sanctity of good faith entrusted to him.
Published in 1758, Le Droit des gens was, in
England and , an oft-cited text of exceptional authority well into the 19th century. Vattel saw the requirement to observe treaties as a principle of natural law. However, he knew that in practice “sovereigns cannot be constrained, otherwise than by force of arms, to fulfill their engagements.” Vattel, therefore, joined his contemporaries in seeing dishonour as the sanction for non-performance. Directly after articulating pacta sunt servanda, Vattel shifted to the rhetoric of honour: America
The reproach of perfidy is looked upon by sovereigns as a grievous affront, but he who does not observe a treaty is assuredly perfidious, since he violates his faith. On the other hand, nothing is more honorable (glorieux) in a prince and in his Nation than the reputation of inviolable fidelity to a promise. For that... has the Swiss Nation won for itself an honorable (respectable) position inSimilarly, Vattel observed:
Europeand has deserved to have its friendship sought by the greatest monarchs.... The English Parliament has more than once thanked the King for his fidelity and zeal in assisting the allies of the crown. This national magnanimity is the source of an immortal glory; it creates the confidence of Nations and thus becomes the certain cause of power and honor (splendeur).
The reputation of faithlessness (le nom de perfide) is harmful to a ruler, and the fear of it thereby becomes effective even with those who care little to deserve the reputation of virtuous men and who easily dispose of the reproaches of conscience.
Notes to Part 8
. Preface to Codex iuris gentium (1693), in Leibniz: Political Writings, 166-167; David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature, Bk. III, Part 2, § 11:568.
. Parry, “Of Treaties,” 222, 237-238.
. Parry, “Foreign Policy and International Law,” 89, 91, 96; Anthony Carty, The Decay of International Law? (
, 1986), 15, 69-71. Manchester
. Skinner, Foundations of Modern Political Thought, vol. 1:128.
. The Prince, Ch. 18, in Machiavelli: The Chief Works and Others, trans. Allan Gilbert (Durham, North Carolina, 1965), vol. 1:64; Familiar Letters, No. 128, Machiavelli to Francesco Vettori, 29 April 1513, in Machiavelli, vol. 2:907.
. History of
Florence, Bk. VIII, 22, in Machiavelli, vol. 3:1413. Ch.
. Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, Bk. III,
42, in Machiavelli, vol. 1:520. Ch.
. Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, Bk. I,
59, in Machiavelli, vol. 1:318-319. Ch.
. Meinecke, Machiavellianism, 40.
. The Prince,
18, in Machiavelli, vol. 1:64-65. Ch.
. Robert Bireley, The Counter-Reformation Prince: Anti-Machiavellianism or Catholic Statecraft in Early Modern
Europe (Chapel Hill-London, 1990).
. Unlike most anti-Machiavellians, Bodin gave restricted scope to scholastic arguments for non-performance, see ibid., 42, 53, 58-59, 87-88, 127, 147, 177-178, 204, 223, 226; Sir F. H. Hinsley, Sovereignty, 2nd ed. (Cambridge, 1986), 181-182.
. McRae’s trans. from the Latin version (a passage omitted from the 1606 English ed.), see Bodin, Note to Bk. V, Ch. 6:627, E4-5, at A-151.
. Ibid., Bk. V, Ch. 4:586.
. Ibid., Bk. VI, Ch. 4:718.
. To Regent of France, Louise of Savoy, Mar. 17, 1526, quoted by Albert Frederick Pollard, Wolsey: Church and State in 16th Century England (New York-London, 1929), 149.
. Aug. 17, 1526, quoted by Brandi, Emperor Charles V, 242.
. Bodin, Bk. V, Ch. 6:627.
. Ibid., 636-636v.
. Grotius, Bk. II,
14, § 6(1):383. Ch.
. Richelieu’s testament fell within the anti-Machiavellian school, see Birely, Counter-Reformation Prince, 223, 226; Richelieu believed foreign policy should be conducted in State interest, but also in conformity with law, see Fritz Dickmann, “Rechtsgedanke und Machtpolitik bei Richelieu,”in Friedensrecht und Friedensversicherung: Studien zum Friedensproblem in der Geschichte (Göttingen, 1971), 36-78, at 73-74.
. Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu, The Political Testament of Cardinal Richelieu, trans. Henry Bertram Hill (Madison, 1961), 101-102; Birely, Counter-Reformation Prince, 277, n. 14: “Richelieu placed more weight on the role of reputation in international affairs than did the anti-Machiavellians generally.”
. Pierre Goubert, Louis XIV et vingt millions de Français (
, 1966), 45; Nicolson, Good Behaviour, 165: “The great monarch, whose majesty held the 17th century spell-bound, was not an intellectual. He was ill-educated, hated books, disliked any discussion of serious subjects, and only cared for glory, architecture, deportment, exotic birds, bright-coloured flowers, and besieging almost undefended towns.” Paris
. Quoted by Vincent Cronin, Louis XIV (
, 1964), 189. London
. Gaston Zeller,
La France de Louis XIV ( , 1953), 2-7; Hatton, “Louis XIV and his Fellow Monarchs,” 20-21. Paris
. Cronin, Louis XIV, 189.
. Wolf, Louis XIV, 184-185; for “glory,” see also 62, 67, 69, 71-75, 87, 89, 113, 119, 148, 162-163, 198, 212, 224-225, 366-367, 587.
. Kingsley Martin, French Liberal Thought in the 18th Century: A Study of Political Ideas from Bayle to Condorcet, 3rd ed., ed. J. Mayer (
, 1962), 26; Goubert, Louis XIV, 47. London
. Goubert, Louis XIV, 52-53, 73-75, 241.
. Mémoire de 1666, quoted by Jean-Louis Thireau, Les idées politiques de Louis XIV (Paris, 1973), 117, n. 10; Andrew Lossky, “The Intellectual Development of Louis XIV from 1661 to 1715,” in Louis XIV and Absolutism, ed. Ragnhild Marie Hatton (Columbus, Ohio, 1976), 101-129, at 108-109, 113.
. C.G. Picavet, La diplomatie française au temps de Louis XIV (1661-1715): Institutions, moeurs et coutumes (Paris, 1930), 157; conversely, Grotius was sceptical “about the reliability of treaties made with Kings—a contrary version of the monarchical axiom that republics were, by definition, incapacitated from agreements of honor,” see Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of the Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (London, 1987), 255.
. Quoted by Wolf, Louis XIV, 185.
. Lossky, “Intellectual Development of Louis XIV,” 118; for treaties binding in honour, see also Picavet, Diplomatie française au temps de Louis XIV, 169-170.
. Gabriel Bonnet de Mably, Des principes des négociations: pour servir d’introduction au Droit public de l’Europe, fondé sur les traités (
, 1757), 101-102. The Hague
. Droit public de L’Europe, in Oeuvres de Mably, vol. 9:155-156.
. Anti-Machiavel, ou essai de critique sur Le Prince de Machiavel, publié par M. de Voltaire (Copenhagen, 1740), 128; Voltaire (1759) quipped: “If Machiavelli had had a prince as pupil, the first thing he would have recommended would have been that he write against him,” quoted by Peter Gay, The Enlightenment: An Interpretation, vol. 1 (New York, 1966), 286; Voltaire also said: “He [Frederick] spits in the plate to take away the appetite of others,” see Les plus belles pages de Frédéric II, Appendix, 281; Franz von Holtzendorff, Principes de la politique: Introduction à l’étude du droit public contemporain, trans. Ernest Lehr (Hamburg, 1887), Bk. II, § 58:100: “A hundred years ago, dissimulation, lying and breach of treaty were the traditional weapons used in foreign relations.
Frederick the Great could not free himself from this viewpoint except for a few moments when he wrote Anti-Machiavel, but partitioned ... which is hard to justify except on the basis of State interest.” Poland
. Histoire de mon temps, avant-propos de 1743, quoted by Meinecke, Machiavellianism, 301; for treaties binding in honour, see Mémoires de Frédéric II, Histoire de mon temps, in vol. 1:116; Histoire de la guerre de sept ans, in vol. 1:415, and in vol. 2:226-227; Mémoires depuis la paix de Hubertsbourg 1763 jusqu’à la fin du partage de
la Pologne 1775, in vol. 2:335.
. Of the Useful and the Honourable, in Essays of Montaigne, vol. 2, Bk. III, Ch. 1:1081-1083.
. Bynkershoek, Bk. II, Ch. 10:194.
. Oeuvres de Spinoza, trans. Charles Appuhn (
Paris 1965), vol. 2: Traité théologico-politique, 16:270; vol. 4: Traité politique, Ch. 3, § 14:31. Ch.
. Pufendorf, Bk. VIII,
9, § 5:707. Ch.
. Vattel, Bk. II,
12, § 160:161. Ch.
. Nicolson, “L’Honnête Homme,” in Good Behaviour, 162-183, at 174: “To the ordinary Frenchman, the term honnête homme, or honnêteté, signified a certain standard of education, coupled with such solid virtues as honour, dignity, and good faith.”
. Anti-Machiavel, 129; Histoire de mon temps, avant-propos de 1775, in Mémoires de Frédéric II, vol. 1:5: “State interest must serve as the rule among sovereigns. The cases of breaking alliances are these: first, where the ally fails to keep his engagements; second, where the ally intends to deceive you and where you have no other means of preventing it; third, a force majeure that crushes you and compels you to break your treaties; fourth and finally, lack of means to continue the war.” This text is not in Frédéric II. Histoire de mon temps: Redaction von 1746, ed. Max Posner (
, 1879), 155. Leipzig
. Ibid., 185; 1752 Testament, quoted by Meinecke, Machiavellianism, 313-314.
. Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de la maison de Brandenbourg in Oeuvres de Frédéric II, Roi de Prusse, publiées du vivant de l’auteur (
, 1789), vol. 1:166. Berlin
. Histoire de la guerre de sept ans, in Mémoires de Frédéric II, vol. 2:221, 226-227; for relevant obligations, see Treaty between Great Britain and Prussia, signed at Westminster, 16 Jan. 1756, in CTS, vol. 40:291-299; there were also annual subsidy agreements stipulating (Article 3) that any treaty of peace, truce or neutrality was to be made “in concert and mutual agreement,” Treaty between Great Britain and Prussia, signed at London, 11 Apr. 1758, in CTS, vol. 41:179-190, at 182, 185, 190; renewed by bilateral treaties of 7 Dec. 1758 (ibid., 228-234), 9 Nov. 1759 (ibid., 351), 12 Dec., 1760 (CTS, vol. 42: 49); discussed by Karl W. Schweizer, “The Non-Renewal of the Anglo-Prussian Subsidy Treaty,” Canadian Journal of History, vol. 13 (1978), 383-398; Karl W. Schweizer and Carol S. Leonard, “Britain, Prussia, Russia and the Galitzin Letter,” Historical Journal, vol. 26 (1983), 531-556.
. Letters from George III, No. 205, Oct. 22, 1762:149.
. Speech on the Preliminaries of Peace with France and Spain, Commons, Dec. 9, 1762, in Anecdotes of the Life of the Right Hon. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, and of the Principal Events of His Time with His Speeches in Parliament from the Year 1736 to the Year 1778, 6th ed. (London, 1797), vol. 1:396-418, at 397, 400, 416.
. Jean Jacques Burlamqui, The Principles of Natural and Politic Law, trans. Thomas Nugent, 5th ed. (Cambridge, 1807), vol. 2, Part 4, Ch. 9, § 3:217; re Burlamaqui’s originality and readership, see Alfred Cobban, In Search of Humanity: The Role of the Enlightenment in Modern History (New York, 1960), 162.
4, § 376—vol. 1:137; vol. 2:194. Wolff, Ch.
. Ibid., and
4, § 548—vol. 1:198; vol. 2:281-282. Ch.
1, § 48—vol. 1:18; vol. 2:32. Wolff, Ch.
4, § 376—vol. 1:137; vol. 2:194. Wolff, Ch.
4, § 550—vol. 1:198-199; vol. 2:282-283. Wolff, Ch.
. Vattel, Bk. II,
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12, § 163:162-163. Ch.
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12, § 171:164. Ch.
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