Culture and Power in England, 1585-1685

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In recent years, new scholarship has thoroughly revised our view of both the political and cultural histories of late Elizabethan and Stuart England. This book integrates recent work by historians and scholars in these related disciplines into an original interpretation of how political culture developed during this eventful period. R. Malcolm Smuts emphasizes the diversity of cultural perspectives available in the period; the role played by honor, law, divine providence and humanist scholarship; and the profound importance of religious tensions in shaping political imagination.

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Synthesizing recent interdisciplinary scholarship revising views of the political-cultural histories of late Victorian and Stuart England to the death of Charles II, and rejecting Marxist and Whiggish lenses, Smuts (history, U. of Massachusetts, Boston) underscores the tradition-challenging diversity of this seminal period around the Civil War reflected in the roles played by concepts of honor, law, divine providence, and humanist scholarship. Includes a few illustrations representing and satirizing 17th century types such as the cavalier and gentlemen soldier. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312223281
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Social History in Perspective
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Malcolm Smuts is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

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Table of Contents

Frames of Reference
• Cultural History and Seventeenth-Century Politics
• Honor
• Law
• Providentialism
• Humanism and the Imitation of Antiquity
Political Imagination, c. 1585-1640
• Religious Conflict and Invented Traditions
• Cults of Authority, Royal and Otherwise
• Faction, Rebellion and Violence
• Court, Country and Town
• Classicism, Nostalgia and Cultural Rhetoric
From Civil War to Tory Reaction
• Civil War Cultural History after Revisionism
• Print and the Dissemination of Controversy
• Millenarianism, Republicanism and Cromwellianism
• An Ambiguous Restoration
• The Renewal of Partisanship
• Society, Culture and Politics
• The Crisis of 1679-81 and the Hardening of Partisan Cultures

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