Political Discourse in Early Modern Britain

Political Discourse in Early Modern Britain

by Nicholas Phillipson
     
 

This collection of essays, all by preeminent exponents of the history of political thought, explores the political ideologies of early modern Britain. Organised on a broadly chronological basis, the topics addressed by individual scholars reflect the themes initiated and inspired by the work of the distinguished intellectual historian, J. G. A. Pocock, for whom the… See more details below

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This collection of essays, all by preeminent exponents of the history of political thought, explores the political ideologies of early modern Britain. Organised on a broadly chronological basis, the topics addressed by individual scholars reflect the themes initiated and inspired by the work of the distinguished intellectual historian, J. G. A. Pocock, for whom the collection is intended as a tribute. Each of the contributors engages with the debates Pocock has provoked. As a fitting conclusion to the volume, Professor Pocock has responded and provided his personal interpretation of the themes they invoke. This is a major new English-language edition of five central texts in the history of the political thought of the Dutch Revolt. Published between 1570 and 1590 these texts exemplify the development of the political ideas which motivated and legitimated resistance to Philip II. They address notions of liberty, constitutionalism, representation and popular sovereignty, all of central importance to the events of the Dutch Revolt. The introduction locates these ideas in their political and intellectual context and argues that they were inspired by the indigenous legacy of Dutch constitutionalism and civic consciousness.

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"...as a contribution to contextual understanding the volume as a whole is an apt and well-deserved tribute to J.G.A. Pocock." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

"This is a festschrift for the indefatigable J.G.A. Pocock. The essays are better than what usually end up stuck in such volumes: better as a simple matter of scholarly quality, but better too as exemplary models of what is distinctive in Pocock's approach." Don Herzog, American Political Science Review

"...a stimulating and learned set of essays that make consistently original contributions to our understanding of aspects of the intellectual history of English politics between the Reformation and the American Revolution. The language of contemporary politics is minutely analyzed and new relationships are discussed." Michael G. Finlayson, Albion

"Those who teach courses that contain a generous helping of English political ideas...will find the essays both challenging and beneficial...the books are essential for any library with good history and political science holdings. Anyone who teaches a graduate seminar on the Tudor or Stuart period can expect that students with strong British history backgrounds will find the essays very though provoking, and the ideas developed should generate considerable discussion." K. Gird Romer, Teaching History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521201933
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2011
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #24
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.02(d)

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