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Liberty before Liberalism

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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107689534

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  • This extended essay by one of the world's leading historians seeks, in its first part, to excavate, and to vindicate, the neo-Roman theory of free citizens and free states as it developed in early-modern Britain. This analysis leads on to a powerful defence of the nature, purposes and goals of intellectual history and the history of ideas. As Quentin Skinner says, 'the intellectual historian can help us to appreciate how far the values embodied in our present way of life, and our present ways of thinking about those values, reflect a series of choices made at different times between different possible worlds'. This essay provides one of the most substantial statements yet made about the importance, relevance and potential excitement of this form of historical enquiry. Liberty before Liberalism is based on Quentin Skinner's Inaugural Lecture as Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge, delivered in 1997.

    • Much more than an 'ordinary' inaugural lecture, a major and extended statement on the nature of intellectual history by one of its most distinguished practitioners
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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107689534
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The neo-Roman theory of free states
    2. Free states and individual liberty
    3. Freedom and the historian
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London

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