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The Cambridge History of Political Thought 1450–1700

The Cambridge History of Political Thought 1450–1700

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J. H. Burns, Anthony Grafton, Nicolai Rubinstein, Donald R. Kelley, Brendan Bradshaw, Francis Oakley, Robert M. Kingdon, J. H. M. Salmon, H. A. L Lloyd, J. H. Franklin, J. C. Davies, J. P. Somerville, Connie C. Weston, David Wootton, Blair Worden, Peter Burke, Richard Tuck, Noel Malcolm, Alfred Dufour, Mark Goldie, James Tully
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  • Date Published: January 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521477727

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  • The companion volume to the highly successful Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought, this book presents a comprehensive account of the development of European political thinking through the Renaissance and the Reformation to the "scientific revolution" and political upheavals of the seventeenth century. Recent decades have seen intensive historical investigation and reappraisal in this field. Many established perspectives have changed; and while it would still be generally accepted that something distinctly "modern" took shape in the political thought of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, there have been important changes in our understanding of what is "medieval" and what is "modern" and of the relationship between these concepts. A highly distinguished team of contributors present a unique, authoritative guide to these developments. Full bibliographical and biographical information is provided for those wishing to pursue specific topics in greater detail.

    • Unique, authoritative guide to European political thinking in this critical period by a highly distinguished group of scholars
    • Sequel and necessary complement to The Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought
    • 'A standing resource for early modern historians and students of political thought.' John Robertson, English Historical Review
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    "The first and most important thing to observe about the present volume is its exceptional usefulness as a competent survey of a host of political ideas and thinkers of the early modern era...warmly recommended." Renaissance Quarterly

    "Meticulously researched, the book manages to cover two and a half centuries while avoiding superficiality. For years to come scholars will pull this volume off the shelf to read summaries of periods outside their field of primary interest and for some novel insights in their realm of expertise." Modern Europe

    "...valuable scholarship on the history of political thought...essays by an impressive group of scholars...The volume reflects the current interpretations and interests of preeminent historians. It constitutes an important contribution to historical scholarship and should be read by all students of modern political thought." The Sixteenth Century Journal

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    • Date Published: January 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521477727
    • length: 812 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 47 mm
    • weight: 1.26kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction J. H. BURNS
    1. Humanism and political theory ANTHONY GRAFTON
    2. Italian political thought, 1450–1530 NICOLAI RUBINSTEIN
    4. Transalpine humanism BRENDAN BRADSHAW
    5. Scholasticism: survival and revival J. H. BURNS
    6. Christian obedience and authority, 1520–50 FRANCIS OAKLEY
    7. Calvinism and resistance theory, 1550–80 ROBERT KINGDON
    8. Catholic resistance theory, ultramontanism, and the royalist response, 1580–1620 J. H. M. SALMON
    9. Constitutionalism HOWELL A. LLOYD
    10. Sovereignity and the mixed constitution: Bodin and his critics JULIAN H. FRANKLIN
    11. Utopianism J. C. DAVIES
    12. Absolutism and royalism J. P. SOMMERVILLE
    13. England: ancient constitution and common law Corinne C. Weston
    14. Leveller democracy and the puritan revolution DAVID WOOTTON
    15. English republicanism BLAIR WORDEN
    16. Tacitism, scepticism, and reason of state Peter Burke
    17. Grotius and Selden RICHARD TUCK
    18. Hobbes and Spinoza NOEL MALCOLM
    19. Pufendorf ALFRED DUFOUR
    20. The reception of Hobbes MARK GOLDIE
    21. Locke JAMES TULLY.

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    J. H. Burns, University of London


    Mark Goldie, Churchill College, Cambridge


    J. H. Burns, Anthony Grafton, Nicolai Rubinstein, Donald R. Kelley, Brendan Bradshaw, Francis Oakley, Robert M. Kingdon, J. H. M. Salmon, H. A. L Lloyd, J. H. Franklin, J. C. Davies, J. P. Somerville, Connie C. Weston, David Wootton, Blair Worden, Peter Burke, Richard Tuck, Noel Malcolm, Alfred Dufour, Mark Goldie, James Tully

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