The seventeenth century was England's century of revolution, an era in which the nation witnessed protracted civil wars, the execution of a king, and the declaration of a short-lived republic. During this period of revolutionary crisis, political writers of all persuasions hoped to shape the outcome of events by the force of their arguments. To read the major political theorists of Stuart England is to be plunged into a world in which many of our modern conceptions of political rights and social change are first formulated. David Wootton's masterly compilation of speeches, essays, and fiercely polemical pamphlets--organized into chapters focusing on the main debates of the century--represents the first attempt to present in one volume a broad collection of Stuart political thought. In bringing together abstract theorizing and impassioned calls to arms, anonymous tract writers and King James I, Wootton has produced a much-needed collection; in combination with the editor's thoughtful running commentary and invaluable Introduction, its texts bring to life a crucial period in the formation of our modern liberal and conservative theories.
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An anthology of political thought drawn from England's 'century of revolution' that focuses on the writings of those English theorists, essayists, speech writers, tract writers, and pamphleteers to whom Hobbes and Locke were immediately responding in their respective masterpieces of political theory.About the Author:
David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History, University of York.
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Book Description Penguin, 1986. Book Condition: New. 9th impression. An anthology of Political Writing in Stuart England. With an introduction by David Wootton. 512 pages. Bought in from new. Edges tanned. Covers sunned. Bookseller Inventory # 20937
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140432507
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