Commonwealth Principles: Republican Writing of the English Revolution

Commonwealth Principles: Republican Writing of the English Revolution

by Jonathan Scott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521035732

ISBN-13: 9780521035736

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"The republican writing of the English revolution has attracted a major scholarly literature. Yet there has been no single-volume treatment of the subject, nor has it been adequately related to the larger upheaval from which it emerged, or to the larger body of radical thought of which it became the most influential component. Commonwealth Principles addresses these…  See more details below

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"The republican writing of the English revolution has attracted a major scholarly literature. Yet there has been no single-volume treatment of the subject, nor has it been adequately related to the larger upheaval from which it emerged, or to the larger body of radical thought of which it became the most influential component. Commonwealth Principles addresses these needs, and Jonathan Scott goes beyond existing accounts organised around a single key concept (whether constitutional, linguistic or moral) or author (usually James Harrington) to analyse this body of writing as a whole. Linking various social, political and intellectual agendas Professor Scott explains why, when classical republicanism came to England, it did so in the moral service of a religious revolution." Jonathan Scott is now established as one of the most important historians of the seventeenth century writing today. This association of author and topic will render Commonwealth Principles essential reading for numerous scholars of British history, political theory and English literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035736
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : English republicanism1
1Classical republicanism19
2The cause of God41
3Discourses of a commonwealth63
4Old worlds and new85
5The political theory of rebellion109
6Constitutions131
7Liberty151
8Virtue170
9The politics of time191
10Empire210
11Republicans and Levellers, 1603-1649233
12The English republic, 1649-1653252
13Healing and settling, 1653-1658273
14The good old cause, 1658-1660294
15Anatomies of tyranny, 1660-1683315
16Republicans and Whigs, 1680-1725336
App'A pretty story of horses' (May 1654)358

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