Classical Humanism and Republicanism in English Political Thought, 1570-1640

Classical Humanism and Republicanism in English Political Thought, 1570-1640

by Markku Peltonen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521496950

ISBN-13: 9780521496957

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Early modern England was a monarchy and the Englishman was a subject rather than a citizen. Scholars have assumed that those traditions of political thought which emphasise the citizen's active role exercised no influence in England between the mid sixteenth century and the Civil War in the 1640s. Markku Peltonen challenges that view and argues that early modern…  See more details below

Overview

Early modern England was a monarchy and the Englishman was a subject rather than a citizen. Scholars have assumed that those traditions of political thought which emphasise the citizen's active role exercised no influence in England between the mid sixteenth century and the Civil War in the 1640s. Markku Peltonen challenges that view and argues that early modern Englishmen could characterize their life as one of participation rather than subjection and portray their community as having several distinctively republican features.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521496957
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #36
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: classical humanism and republicanism in England before the Civil War; 1. Classical humanism restated; 2. Classical republicanism in the margins of Elizabethan politics; 3. Civic life and the mixed constitution in Jacobean political thought; 4. Francis Bacon, Thomas Hedley and the true greatness of Britain; 5. Thomas Scott: virtue, liberty and the 'mixed Gouernement'; 6. The continuity of the humanist tradition in early Caroline England; Epilogue; Bibliography.

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