Political Discourse in Early Modern Britain

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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, ...
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Overview

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

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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)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 George Buchanan and the anti-monarchomachs 3
2 The ancient constitution revisited 23
3 Arminianism: the controversy that never was 45
4 'Scientia civilis' in classical rhetoric and in the early Hobbes 67
5 Parliamentary sovereignty: a very English absolutism 97
6 The civil religion of Thomas Hobbes 120
7 The rapture of motion: James Harrington's republicanism 139
8 Casuistry to Newcastle: The Prince in the world of the book 164
9 Between Lambeth and Leviathan: Samuel Parker on the Church of England and political order 189
10 Priestcraft and the birth of Whiggism 209
11 The right to resist: Whig resistance theory, 1688 to 1694 232
12 Placing the Two Treatises 253
13 Shaftesbury, politeness and the politics of religion 283
14 Propriety, property and prudence: David Hume and the defence of the Revolution 302
15 The rhapsody of public debt: David Hume and voluntary state bankruptcy 321
16 Universal monarchy and the liberties of Europe: David Hume's critique of an English Whig doctrine 349
17 A discourse of sovereignty: observations on the work in progress 377
A bibliography of the writings of J. G. A. Pocock 429
Index 438
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