Explaining the English Revolution: Hobbes and His Contemporaries
As we search for greater understanding of the origins of liberalism, religious toleration, and modern democratic thought, Mark Jendrysik's timely work examines the political and religious ideals that buttressed the first 'modern' revolution. Explaining the English Revolution studies the years 1649 to 1653, from regicide to the establishment of the Cromwellian Commonwealth, during which time English writers 'took stock' of a disordered England stripped of the traditional ideas of political, moral, and social order and considered the possibilities for a politically and religiously reordered state. Jendrysik provides_through a rich comparative analysis of the work of Thomas Hobbes and his contemporaries Filmer, Winstanley, Cromwell, and Milton_a new understanding of the Civil War-era intelligentsia's assessment of the crisis in the body politic and their varied prescriptions and plans for a new post-revolutionary England.
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Introduction The Disordering of Order
Gerrard Winstanley The Oppressions of Covetousness
John Milton Tyranny and Revolution
Oliver Cromwell Factions Forcers of Conscience and Civil War
Sir Robert Filmer The Anarchy of Natural Liberty
Thomas Hobbes Divided Sovereignty and Civil War
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