As Stephen Grabill writes, "Until Otto von Gierke
's (1841-1921) rediscovery of Althusius in the 1880s, few political theorists and jurists, and even fewer theologians, had any substantive appreciation for Althusius' contribution to either the Western political canon or the Western legal tradition." (4) The most active modern discussions of Althusius have taken place in continental Europe and not in North America.
(1.) In the interest of brevity, I have largely followed the overview of Althusius' life found in Otto von Gierke
's The Development of Political Theory, trans.