Daniel Defoe: The Whole Frame of Nature, Time and Providence

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A comprehensive interpretation of one of Great Britain's most wide-ranging and prolific authors, this book examines Daniel Defoe's capacity to perceive fundamental historical change and long-term social process in light of his observations on liberty, property, trade, warfare, religion, and manners. It establishes Defoe as the crucial figure between the age of John Locke and the age of Smith and Hume in the evolution of eighteenth-century theories about commerce and conquest, ...

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Overview

A comprehensive interpretation of one of Great Britain's most wide-ranging and prolific authors, this book examines Daniel Defoe's capacity to perceive fundamental historical change and long-term social process in light of his observations on liberty, property, trade, warfare, religion, and manners. It establishes Defoe as the crucial figure between the age of John Locke and the age of Smith and Hume in the evolution of eighteenth-century theories about commerce and conquest, religious toleration, and civil society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333971369
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHERINE CLARK is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• Establishing A Voice: Defoe's First Steps from Failed Tradesman to Successful Author
• 'The Mushroom and the Oak': Dissent and the Church of England, 1697-1705
Jure Divino: Defoe, Locke and Milton, and Political Theory
• Defoe and the Union of 1707: Constructing a British Identity
• Correspondence, Credit and Commerce: Defoe and the Stability of Meaning, 1709-13
• Robinson Crusoe: Orthodox Penitent
• The Perils of Consumption and the Decline of Family Government
• Defoe's Historical Vision: Commerce and Gentility in the 1720s
• The Devil and Daniel Defoe: History in a Heterodox Age
• Conclusion
• Select Bibliography
• Index

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