Classical Humanism and Republicanism in English Political Thought, 1570ΤΗτ1640 (Ideas in Context)

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Classical Humanism and Republicanism in English Political Thought, 1570-1640 A new perspective on two seminal themes in English political thought before the Civil War. Full description

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"Now Markku Peltonen assembles an impressive body of evidence that what he calls 'classical humanism' lived straight through to the outbreak of the Civil War and provides an important context for understanding the arguments put forward by seventeenth-century republicans." Sixteenth Century Journal

"...this book is a well-written and forceful contribution to a very live topic of discussion in current English historiography." History

"...the book's great value for scholars lies in its gathering together of a wealth of material relevant to its topic....Treatments of individual texts are lucid and perceptive. Peltonen has organized a body of evidence which should be taken into account in the ongoing analysis of this crucial period in the history of political thought." John F. McDiardmid, Renaissance Quarterly

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This book looks anew at two major themes in English political thought before the Civil War. Central ideas of both humanist and republican traditions are analysed within their proper context, and Dr Peltonen reveals the continuity of those traditions in a period when they are usually considered to have been dormant.

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