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The Political Thought of the English Free State, 1649-1653

Markku Peltonen

English republicanism has long been a major theme in the history of political thought, but the years of the English free state are often overlooked. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including the vast political pamphlet literature of the era, The Political Thought of the English Free State, 1649-1653 offers a provocative reassessment of the English Revolution and an original new perspective on English republicanism. Markku Peltonen explores the arguments in defence of the English free state and demonstrates the profound importance of the republican period. The pamphleteers who defended the free state maintained that the people, or their representatives, could alter the form of government whenever they deemed it advantageous, put forward powerful anti-monarchical arguments and widely shared the republican conviction that individual freedom could only materialise in a free state. Peltonen also highlights the unprecedented debate over whether the free state was an aristocracy or democracy and shows how, for the first time in English history, democracy was not only robustly defended but understood as representative.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: May 23rd, 2024
  • Pages: 273
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.58in - 0.81lb
  • EAN: 9781009212052
  • Categories: History & Theory - GeneralEurope - Great Britain - General

About the Author

Peltonen, Markku: - Markku Peltonen is Professor of History at the University of Helsinki. He has published widely on early modern political thought and intellectual history, including Classical Humanism and Republicanism in English Political Thought 1570-1640 (1995), The Duel in Early Modern England (2003) and Rhetoric, Politics and Popularity in Pre-Revolutionary England (2012), all published by Cambridge University Press. He has also edited The Cambridge Companion to Bacon (1996 ) and has been the recipient of numerous international research fellowships and awards.