Charles Irénée Castel Saint-Pierre Bibliography

Project for settling an Everlasting Peace in Europe 1713
Published from 1713 to 1717, and widely publicized through later abridgements, it was admired by Rousseau who produced a modified edition, with accompanying essay in 1756. Voltaire’s reaction in 1761, though he admired the humanitarianism of Saint-Pierre, was harsh: “They said peace, peace and there was no peace, and this mad Diogenes of a Rousseau proposes perpetual peace.” (Quoted in M.L. Perkins, “Voltaire’s Concept of International Order,” Voltaire Studies, XXXVI, 1965) It was translated into English in 1714. Saint-Pierre was one of the first to propose setting up an international organisation for the maintenance of peace.