Bluntschli, Johann Kaspar
Born: Jul 22, 1806 AD
Died: 1856 AD, at 50 years of age.
1806 – He was born on the 22nd of July at Kronach, in Upper Franconia and studied at the gymnasium of Bamberg.
1830 - Returning to Zurich, he threw himself with ardour into the political strife which was at the time unsettling all the cantons of the Confederation, and in this year published Uber die Verfassung der Stadt Zurich (On the Constitution of the City of Zurich).
- This was followed by Des Volk und der Souverän, a work in which, while pleading for constitutional government, he showed his bitter repugnance of the growing Swiss radicalism.
1837 – He was able to appear his book “Die Herkunft der Baiern von den Markomannen” which brought him the honorary degree of Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen.
1847 – He taught history at the lyceum in Speyer, then accepted professorship of history in Munich but resigned on account of his poor health and then transferred to lyceum in Bamberg.
1851-1852 - He devoted himself with energy to the special work of his chair, and, resisting the temptation to identify himself with politics, published Algemeines Staatsrecht.
1853 – Then appeared his monumental Grammatica Celtica, which established his fame.
1855 – He resigned to recover from ailment.
1856 – At the age of fifty, he died there at Kronach, in Upper Franconia on the 22 of November.
1861 - Bluntschli received a call to Heidelberg as professor of constitutional law (Staatsrecht).
1864 - He again entered the political arena, endeavouring in his Geschichte des algemeinen Staatsrechts und der Politik.
1866 - In his new home, Baden, he devoted his energies and political influence, during the Austro-Prussian War, towards keeping the country neutral.
1866-1878 - His Das moderne Kriegsrecht; Das moderne Volkerrecht, and Das Beuterecht im Krieg are likely to remain invaluable text-books in this branch of the science of jurisprudence.
- He also wrote a pamphlet on the Alabama case.
1873 - Bluntschli was one of the founders, at Ghent, of the Institute of International Law, and was the representative of the German emperor at the conference on the international laws of war at Brussels.
1881 - He died suddenly at Karlsruhe on the 21st of October.
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