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A Shared European Heritage

Volume 1. Republicanism and Constitutionalism in Early Modern Europe


Quentin Skinner, Wyger Velema, Martin Dzelzainis, Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz, Jonathan Scott, Markku Peltonen, Karin Tilmans, Robert von Friedeburg, Edward Opalinski, Ivo Comparato, Martin van Gelderen, Hans Erich Bodeker, Lea Campos Boralevi, Xavier Gil, Kent Wright, Blair Worden
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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521672351

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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, first published in 2002, is devoted to the study of key republican values such as liberty, virtue, politeness and toleration. This 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 an internationally distinguished set of contributors
    • 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

    'These volumes present a wealth of material on the development and character of early-modern republicanism … The excellent essays show the unity of the history of European ideas in context, by virtue of the shared heritage of republican ideas, values, and norms.' History of European Ideas

    '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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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521672351
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 170 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Quentin Skinner
    Part I. The Rejection of Monarchy:
    1. 'That a republic is better than a monarchy': anti-monarchism in Early Modern Dutch political thought Wyger Velema
    2. Anti-monarchism in English republicanism Martin Dzelzainis
    3. Anti-monarchism in Polish republicanism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz
    4. Classical republicanism in seventeenth-century England and the Netherlands Jonathan Scott
    Part II. The Republican Citizen:
    5. Citizenship and republicanism in Elizabethan England Markku Peltonen
    6. Republican citizenship and civic humanism in the Burgundian-Habsburg Netherlands (1477–1556) Karin Tilmans
    7. Civic humanism and republican citizenship in early modern Germany Robert von Friedeburg
    8. Civic humanism and republican citizenship in the Polish renaissance Edward Opalinski
    Part III. The Republican Constitution:
    9. From the crisis of civil culture to the republic of Naples in 1647 Ivo Comparato
    10. Aristotelians, Monarchomachs and Republicans: sovereignty and Respublica Mixta in Dutch and German, 1580–1650 Martin van Gelderen
    11. Natural Law and Respublica Mixta: Dutch and German political discourses around 1700 Hans Erich Bodeker
    12. Classical foundational myths of European Republicanism: the Jewish Commonwealth Lea Campos Boralevi
    13. Republican politics in Early Modern Spain: the Castilian and the Catalano-Aragonese Traditions Xavier Gil
    14. The idea of a Republican constitution in Old Regime France Kent Wright
    15. Republicanism, regicide and republic: the English experience Blair Worden

  • 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 University Press 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 University Press, 1978, two volumes), Machiavelli (1981), Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Liberty before Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and three volumes of Visions of Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2002).


    Quentin Skinner, Wyger Velema, Martin Dzelzainis, Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz, Jonathan Scott, Markku Peltonen, Karin Tilmans, Robert von Friedeburg, Edward Opalinski, Ivo Comparato, Martin van Gelderen, Hans Erich Bodeker, Lea Campos Boralevi, Xavier Gil, Kent Wright, Blair Worden

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