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  Ranging through history from ancient Babylonia to the space age, Great Documents of the World focuses on the law codes, credos, declarations, and manifestoes that have served as milestones in the development of the human spirit and which have shaped and marked our thinking. 
A unique design concept brings together reproductions of the original documents, when available, with transcriptions of the text.
Illustrations from each period are included,along with discussions of the documents' background, interpretation, and historical effect.



Great Documents
of the World

Milestones of
Human Thought


Friedrich Heer

Revised in 2004 by

Sabine Freitag and

Klaus Günther






8 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.

21 x 27 cm

192 pages

Richly illustrated


The Code of Hammurabi, ca. 1700 b.c.

The Ten Commandments, ca. 1300 b.c.

The Laws of Solon, ca. 590 b.c.

Buddha: Truth and Enlightenment, ca. 500 b.c.

The Great Wisdom of Confucius, ca. 480 b.c.

Platon's Vision of the State, ca. 375 b.c.

The Tao of Laot-se, ca. 300 b.c.

The Sermon on the Mount, ca. 25

The Epistle to the Romans, ca. 57–58

Corpus Iuri Civili, ca. 529/533

The Koran of Mohammed, ca. 650

The Magna Charta, 1215

Nicholas of Cusa: De Pace Fidei, 1453

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: De Dignitate Hominis, 1496

Martin Luther's Protest, 1517

Grotius on International Order, 1625

The Piece of Westfalen, 1648

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776


The United States Constitution, 1787

Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1789

Kant's Peace Manifesto, 1795

The Code Napoléon, 1804

The Communist Manifesto, 1848

Gandhi: The Power of Non-violence, 1920

The Atlantic Charter, 1941

Scientist's Warning: The Franck Report, 1945

The Charter of the United Nations, 1945

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

Voice of the Third World: Frantz Fanon, 1961

John XXIII: Pacem in Terris, 1963

The World Trade Organization (WTO), 1994

Statut of Rome, 2002

Chronology of the Documents


Picture credits