Radical Whigs And Conspiratorial Politics In Late Stuart England

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In this book Melinda Zook examines the political culture of England during the 1670s and 1680s. She singles out an underground network of radical conspirators and propagandists who have been virtually ignored by historians. These men, and some women, were working to ensure a Protestant succession of the monarchy. In the course of their struggles with the government, their ideas became ever more radical and their tactics all the more violent. Their ideas reached an increasingly sympathetic and receptive audience, ...
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Overview

In this book Melinda Zook examines the political culture of England during the 1670s and 1680s. She singles out an underground network of radical conspirators and propagandists who have been virtually ignored by historians. These men, and some women, were working to ensure a Protestant succession of the monarchy. In the course of their struggles with the government, their ideas became ever more radical and their tactics all the more violent. Their ideas reached an increasingly sympathetic and receptive audience, preparing the way for the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Scholars of political history have traditionally associated the creation of liberal political thought with the elite genesis of John Locke and the triumphant, bloodless, glorious Revolution of 1688. Radical Whigs and Conspiratorial Politics in Late Stuart England brings to life the true creators and disseminators of a liberal ideology based on contract and consent. Zook offers convincing biographical sketches of five popular polemicists whose ideas and actions influenced the goals of the Rye House conspirators in 1683, the Monmouth rebels in 1685, and Revolutionaries in 1688-89. She argues that liberalism was not forged in the philosopher's study in the peaceful country manor, but in noisy London taverns and coffeehouses, street corners and rented rooms, to be defended on the scaffold and battlefield.
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Zook (history, Purdue U.) examines the political culture of England during the 1670s-80s, especially an underground network of radical conspirators working to ensure a Protestant succession of the monarchy. She offers biographical sketches of five popular polemicists whose ideas and actions influenced the goals of revolutionaries of the period, and argues that liberalism was not forged in the philosopher's study but in London taverns and coffeehouses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271028415
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2008
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Melinda S. Zook is Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Rethinking Exclusion
1 Mapping the Radical Whigs: A Cultural and Social Biography 1
2 Resisting the Future: Secularism and the Debate over Exclusion 37
3 Refiguring the Past: Constitutionalism and the Debate over History 63
4 Creating Revolution: Robert Ferguson and the Rye House Plot 87
5 Making Martyrs: Rye House Legacies and Monmouth's Manifesto 115
6 Revolution Justified: The Radical Response to 1688 149
Conclusion: Radical Whig Legacies 173
App Radical Whig Careers 195
Bibliography 203
Index 228
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