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A Shared European Heritage

Volume 2. The Values of Republicanism in Early Modern Europe


Quentin Skinner, David Armitage, Simone Zurbuchen, Vittorio Conti, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Jean Fabien Spitz, Christine Fauré, Catherine Larrère, Judith Vega, Marco Geuna, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Bela Kapossy, Eluggero Pii, Michael Sonenscher, Donald Winch
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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521672344

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  • These volumes are the fruits of a major European Science Foundation project and offer the first comprehensive study of republicanism as a shared European heritage. Whilst previous research has mainly focused on Atlantic traditions of republicanism, Professors Skinner and van Gelderen have assembled an internationally distinguished set of contributors whose studies highlight the richness and diversity of European traditions. Volume I focuses on the importance of anti-monarchism in Europe and analyses the relationship between citizenship and civic humanism, concluding with studies of the relationship between constitutionalism and republicanism in the period between 1500 and 1800. Volume II is devoted to the study of key republican values such as liberty, virtue, politeness and toleration. This 2002 volume also addresses the role of women in European republican traditions, and contains a number of in-depth studies of the relationship between republicanism and the rise of a commercial society in early modern Europe.

    • Genuinely pan-European, with star cast list, and very strong hardback sales across all major Cambridge markets
    • Both co-editors are very well-known and highly respected historians
    • Major European research project, with important contemporary implications
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    'Unlike the usual collections of essays representing various tangents taken from a more or less common theme, the articles gathered together in these volumes can be read as an almost seamless text. Credit goes to both the single authors and the editors who have shown great skill in assembling a set of texts which canvases a wide array of questions without ever losing sight of its central theme, thus providing not only a broad overview of early modern republicanism, but at the same time one which is both rich and extremely useful.' Thomas Kirk in History

    'Skinner and van Gelderen faced a demanding task in editing this two-volume set and achieved the fruitful completion of a grand project. This publication offers some outstanding contributions to the study of European republicanism and stimulates further research and investigation. Republicanism is a vibrant intellectual tradition whose significance is not exhausted in the history of political thought - on the contrary, its vision of political freedom, civic virtue and the common good can enrich substantially our political praxis and understanding of politics and put forward a robust idea of citizenship and good government.' Journal of Moral Philosophy

    'The two volumes of essays edited by Martin van Gelderen and Quentin Skinner offer the latest word on current scholarship of republicanism in early modern Europe … The editors have managed to gather together many of the leading scholars of early modern European political thought (themselves included), and have produced a collection that will b e of use to specialist and non-specialist readers alike.' European Journal of Social Theory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521672344
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 171 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Quentin Skinner
    Part I. Republicanism and Political Values:
    1. Classical liberty and the coming of the English Civil War Quentin Skinner
    2. Empire and liberty: a Republican dilemma David Armitage
    3. Republicanism and toleration Simone Zurbuchen
    4. The mechanisation of virtue: Republican rituals in Italian political thought in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Vittorio Conti
    5. From virtue to politeness Iain Hampsher-Monk
    6. From citizenship to civility: the critique of Republican virtue Jean Fabien Spitz
    Part II. The Place of Women in the Republic:
    7. Rights or virtues: women and the Republic Christine Fauré
    8. Women, Republicanism and the growth of commerce Catherine Larrère
    9. Feminist Republicanism and the political perception of gender Judith Vega
    Part III. Republicanism and the Rise of Commerce:
    10. Republicanism and commercial society in the Scottish Enlightenment: the case of Adam Ferguson Marco Geuna
    11. Scots, Germans, republic and commerce Fania Oz-Salzberger
    12. Neo-Roman Republicanism and commercial society Bela Kapossy
    13. Republicanism and commercial society in eighteenth-century Italy Eluggero Pii
    14. Republicanism, state finances and the emergence of commercial society in eighteenth-century France - or from Royal to Ancient Republicanism and back Michael Sonenscher
    15. Commercial realities, Republican principles Donald Winch

  • Editors

    Martin van Gelderen, European University Institute, Florence
    Martin van Gelderen studied at the European University Institute and taught at the Technische Universitaet in Berlin and at the University of Sussex, prior to his appointment to the chair of European History at the European University Institute in 2003. His many publications include The Political Thought of the Dutch Revolt (Cambridge 1992), The Dutch Revolt (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, 1993) and he is currently preparing (also for the Cambridge Texts series) a new English rendition of De Iure Belli ac Pacis by Hugo Grotius.

    Quentin Skinner, University of Cambridge
    Quentin Skinner is Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge. A Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, he is also a fellow of numerous academic bodies and the recipient of several honorary degrees. His many publications include The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (Cambridge, 1978, two volumes), Machiavelli (Oxford, 1981), Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes (Cambridge, 1996), Liberty before Liberalism (Cambridge, 1998) and three volumes of Visions of Politics (Cambridge, 2002).


    Quentin Skinner, David Armitage, Simone Zurbuchen, Vittorio Conti, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Jean Fabien Spitz, Christine Fauré, Catherine Larrère, Judith Vega, Marco Geuna, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Bela Kapossy, Eluggero Pii, Michael Sonenscher, Donald Winch

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