Commonwealth Principles: Republican Writing of the English Revolutionby Jonathan Scott
Pub. Date: 10/01/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Examining works which supported the abolition of monarchy and its replacement with a republic, Jonathan Scott ventures beyond existing studies of individual authors or specific themes to offer the first general account of an influential body of writing. Poets such as John Milton as well as journalists, political leaders, theorists and whig martyrs were among those contributing to the cultural ferment. The result is a major contribution to our understanding of seventeenth-century England, from one of its foremost historians.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Introduction: English republicanism; Part I. Contexts: 1. Classical republicanism; 2. The cause of God; 3. Discourses of a commonwealth; 4. Old worlds and new; Part II. Analysis: 5. The political theory of rebellion; 6. Constitutions; 7. Liberty; 8. Virtue; 9. The politics of time; 10. Empire; Part III. Chronology: 11. Republicans and Levellers, 1603–49; 12. The English republic, 1649–53; 13. Healing and settling, 1653–8; 14. The good old cause, 1658–60; 15. Anatomies of tyranny, 1660–83; 16. Republicans and Whigs, 1680–1725; Appendix: 'a pretty story of horses' (May 1654); Bibliography; Index.
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