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Utopias of the British Enlightenment

Utopias of the British Enlightenment

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: July 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521455909

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  • This collection of eighteenth-century British utopias shows how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, particularly as a means of focusing on ideas of progress and commercial development. The texts chosen reveal important trends in the development of liberal rights theories, of proto-socialist concepts of property distribution, and of conservative notions of the ideal hierarchical community. The introduction examines their relationship to the key issues and developments in the political thought of the period.

    • Was the first major collection of British eighteenth-century utopias
    • Essential to an understanding of the political climate of the period
    • Of relevance to important later developments in political thought such as Romanticism and socialism
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    • Date Published: July 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521455909
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The island of content
    2. A Description of New Athens in Terra Australis Incognita
    3. Idea of a perfect commonwealth
    4. An account of the first settlement, 5. Laws, form of government, and police, of the Cessares, a people of South America
    6. Memoirs of planetes
    7. The commonwealth of reason
    8. Bruce's voyage to Naples.

  • Editor

    Gregory Claeys, Royal Holloway, University of London

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