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The Politics of Commonwealth
Citizens and Freemen in Early Modern England

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Part of Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100366

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  • The Politics of Commonwealth offers a major reinterpretation of urban political culture in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Examining what it meant to be a freeman and citizen in early modern England, it also shows the increasingly pivotal place of cities and boroughs within the national polity. It considers the practices that constituted urban citizenship as well as its impact on the economic, patriarchal and religious life of towns and the larger commonwealth. The author has recovered the language and concepts used at the time, whether by eminent citizens like Andrew Marvell or more humble tradesmen and craftsmen. Unprecedented in terms of the range of its sources and freshness of its approach, the book reveals a dimension of early modern culture that has major implications for how we understand the English state, economy and 'public sphere'; the political upheavals of the mid-seventeenth-century and popular political participation more generally.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100366
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introductions
    Part II. Cultural Resources : ideology, place, company
    Part III. Honest distinctions: economy, patriarchy, religion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Phil Withington, University of Aberdeen
    Dr Phil Withington is Lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Aberdeen. He is the coeditor of Communities in Early Modern England (2000).

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