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A Nation Transformed
England after the Restoration


Alan Houston, Steve Pincus, Blair Worden, Mark Knights, Gary DeKrey, Rachel Weil, Tim Harris, Nicholas von Maltzahn, Joshua Scodel, Paulina Kewes, Barbara Shapiro
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521173933

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  • A Nation Transformed is a major collection of essays by a mix of young and eminent scholars of early modern English history, literature, and political thought. The fruit of an intense interdisciplinary two-day conference held at the Huntington Library, California, it asks whether and in what ways the culture and politics of early modern England was transformed by the second half of the seventeenth century. In sharp contrast to those who have emphasised continuity and the persistence of the ancien régime, the contributors argue that England in 1700 was profoundly different from what it had been in 1640. Essays in the volume deal with changes in natural philosophy, literature, religion, politics, political thought, and political economy. The insights offered here, based on innovative research, will interest scholars and students of early modern history, Renaissance and Augustan literature, and historians of political thought.

    • A revisionary interdisciplinary collection of essays including work from scholars in many disciplines
    • Emphasises conflict and change, as against the usual consensus and continuity, and insists (originally) on the modernity of Britain
    • Taken together the essays present an integrated picture of England after the Restoration
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    Review of the hardback: ' … an exhilarating and challenging discussion of the theme from various viewpoints.' Lancet

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521173933
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: modernity and later seventeenth-century England Alan Houston and Steve Pincus
    1. The question of secularisation Blair Worden
    2. 'Meer religion' and the 'church-state' of Restoration England: the impact and ideology of James II's Declarations of indulgence Mark Knights
    3. Radicals, reformers and republicans: academic language and political discourse in Restoration London Gary DeKrey
    4. The family in the Exclusion Crisis: Locke vs Filmer revisited Rachel Weil
    5. Understanding popular politics in Restoration Britain Tim Harris
    6. The war in heaven and the Miltonic sublime Nicholas von Maltzahn
    7. The Cowleyan Pindaric ode and sublime diversions Joshua Scodel
    8. Plays as property, 1660–1710 Paulina Kewes
    9. Republicanism, the politics of necessity, and the rule of law Alan Houston
    10. From holy cause to economic interest: the transformation of reason of state thinking in seventeenth-century England Steve Pincus
    11. Natural philosophy and political periodisation: interregnum, restoration, and revolution Barbara Shapiro.

  • Editors

    Alan Houston, University of California, San Diego

    Steve Pincus, University of Chicago


    Alan Houston, Steve Pincus, Blair Worden, Mark Knights, Gary DeKrey, Rachel Weil, Tim Harris, Nicholas von Maltzahn, Joshua Scodel, Paulina Kewes, Barbara Shapiro

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