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Freedom and the Construction of Europe

Volume 1. Religious Freedom and Civil Liberty


Martin van Gelderen, Thomas Kaufmann, Jaska Kainulainen, Polly Ha, Sarah Mortimer, Eric Nelson, Hannah Dawson, Tim Stanton, Serena Ferente, Peter Stacey, Lovro Kunčevic, Thomasz Gromelski, Thomas Maissen, Daniel Lee, Márton Zászkaliczky, John Coffey
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  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108817776

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  • Freedom, today perceived simply as a human right, was a continually contested idea in the early modern period. In Freedom and the Construction of Europe an international group of scholars explore the richness, diversity and complexity of thinking about freedom in the shaping of modernity. Volume 1 examines debates about religious and constitutional liberties, as well as exploring the tensions between free will and divine omnipotence across a continent of proliferating religious denominations. Debates about freedom have been fundamental to the construction of modern Europe, but represent a part of our intellectual heritage that is rarely examined in depth. These volumes provide materials for thinking in fresh ways not merely about the concept of freedom, but how it has come to be understood in our own time.

    • Truly world-class team of contributors assembled by two of the world's leading historians of ideas
    • Discussion ranges across the length and breadth of Europe, exploring a wide range of thinkers, political systems and Protestant, Catholic and Islamic states
    • Sheds fresh light on a neglected part of Europe's intellectual heritage, which is as resonant today as in centuries past
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    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108817776
    • length: 427 pages
    • dimensions: 170 x 245 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Martin van Gelderen
    Part I. Religious Freedom and Civil Liberty:
    1. Freedom and apocalyptic thinking in early modern Lutheranism Thomas Kaufmann
    2. Arminian trouble: Calvinist debates on freedom Martin van Gelderen
    3. Libertas Ecclesiae in post-tridentine debates on church and state Jaska Kainulainen
    4. Ecclesiastical independence and the freedom of consent Polly Ha
    5. Freedom, virtue and Socinian heterodoxy Sarah Mortimer
    6. From Selden to Mendelssohn: Hebraism and religious freedom Eric Nelson
    7. Natural religion: Pufendorf and Locke on the edge of freedom and reason Hannah Dawson
    8. Freedom of conscience, political liberty and the foundations of liberalism Tim Stanton
    Part II. Liberty and Liberties in Constitutional Thought:
    9. The liberty of Italian city states Serena Ferente
    10. Free and unfree states in Machiavelli's political philosophy Peter Stacey
    11. Discourses on liberty in early modern Ragusa Lovro Kunčevic
    12. Liberty and Liberties in early modern Poland-Lithuania Thomasz Gromelski
    13. Liberty and liberties in Europe's federal republics Thomas Maissen
    14. Roman law, German liberties and the constitution of the Holy Roman Empire Daniel Lee
    15. The language of liberty in early modern Hungarian political debate Márton Zászkaliczky
    16. The language of liberty in Calvinist political thought John Coffey
    Index of names
    Index of subjects.

  • Editors

    Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London
    Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London.

    Martin van Gelderen, European University Institute, Florence
    Martin van Gelderen held the Chair of European Intellectual History at the European University from 2003 until 2012 and is now Director of the Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


    Martin van Gelderen, Thomas Kaufmann, Jaska Kainulainen, Polly Ha, Sarah Mortimer, Eric Nelson, Hannah Dawson, Tim Stanton, Serena Ferente, Peter Stacey, Lovro Kunčevic, Thomasz Gromelski, Thomas Maissen, Daniel Lee, Márton Zászkaliczky, John Coffey

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