Piirimäe, Pärtel


Professor of Intellectual History
Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
University of Tartu
50090 Tartu



Research interests
Early modern political ideas, history of international law, intellectual history in the Baltic area, regional identities in Europe

The diffusion and reception of ideas and theories in the Baltic provinces of Swedish and Russian empires (17th c. - early 20th c.)
International law between natural law and a code of civility: discourses of international morality in early modern northern Europe

Selected bibliography concerning Natural law

  • Articles

"The Westphalian Myth and the Idea of External Sovereignty" in Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept, ed. H. Kalmo and Q. Skinner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010), p. 64 - 80.

"War and Polemics in Early Modern Europe" in Exploring Cultural History. Essays in Honour of Peter Burke, ed. Melissa Calaresu, Filippo de Vivo, and Joan-Pau Rubies (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing 2010), p. 133 - 149.

"Alberico Gentili's Doctrine of Defensive War and its Impact on Seventeenth-Century Normative Views" in The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations: Alberico Gentili and the Justice of Empire, ed. Benedict Kingsbury and Benjamin Straumann (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010), p. 187 - 209.

"The pen is a mighty sword: Johann Reinhold Patkul's polemical writings" in Die baltischen Länder und der Norden: Festschrift für Helmut Piirimäe zum 75. Geburtstag, ed. M. Laur and E. Küng (Tartu: Akadeemiline Ajalooselts, 2005), p. 314 - 341.

"Just war in theory and practice: The legitimation of Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years War" in The Historical Journal, 45(3), 2002, p. 499 - 523.