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Wouter De Rycke - Pacific Swissresponses to international instability in the early nineteenth century Jean-Jacques de Sellon (1782-1839) and the Société de la paix de Genève (1830-1839)

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Althoughsocio-legal histories are on the rise, little scholarship has been devoted tothe legal aspects of the early to mid-nineteenth century pacifism. Those whohave taken notice of the so-called amis de la paix have overwhelmingly concentratedon the founding Anglo-American peace societies. This has left many Europeanpublicists and activists underappreciated, who also attempted to persuadepublic opinion of legal alternatives to war.

One such man wasthe Genevan aristocrat Jean-Jacques de Sellon (1782-1839), who founded in 1830the first peace society of continental Europe: the Société de la paix deGenève. For the next nine years, a continuous stream of letters and propagandaflowed from his Alpine home across Europe, to fellow peace friends, to intellectuals,and even to politicians and sovereigns. Unburdened by legal theory anddoctrine, this count attempted to revolutionize European politics and law byreviving the classic plan of Henri IV and Sully for a permanent internationaltribunal.

While no doubt‘utopian’ on several levels, the count de Sellon deeply enmeshed himself in thepolitics of his era, taking pains to reconcile personal ideology with politicalevents both in the troubled interior of the Swiss confederacy, as well as inits relations to the Great Powers. From individual religious beliefs to high politics,this unique Swiss friend of peace embodied an early continental-European expressionof the ideal of peace through law within the nineteenth century peace movement.

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LESTUDIUM. (2021, 17 septembre). Wouter De Rycke - Pacific Swissresponses to international instability in the early nineteenth century Jean-Jacques de Sellon (1782-1839) and the Société de la paix de Genève (1830-1839). [Vidéo]. Canal-U. https://www.canal-u.tv/107779. (Consultée le 16 janvier 2022)
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