British Political Thought in History, Literature and Theory, by David Armitage

By David Armitage

The heritage of British political concept has been some of the most fertile fields of Anglo-American historic writing within the final half-century. David Armitage brings jointly an interdisciplinary and foreign workforce of authors to think about the impression of this scholarship at the examine of early glossy British heritage, English literature, and political idea. prime historians survey the effect of the heritage of political concept at the 'new' histories of england and eire; eminent literary students supply novel severe tools conscious of literary shape, style, and language; and exotic political theorists deal with the connection of historical past and thought in experiences of rights and privateness. the exceptional examples of serious perform accumulated the following will motivate the emergence of unpolluted examine at the ancient, severe, and theoretical learn of the English-speaking global within the interval round 1500-1800. This quantity celebrates the contribution of the Folger Institute to British reports over a long time.

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There is an admirable short account in the life of Holinshed in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Clegg 2004. 23 Hume’s account of the terms discussed between royalist and parliamentarian negotiators is the only one before the twenty-first century to give full consideration to the Irish and Scottish articles; the trial of Laud is set in the context of Scottish insistence on destroying him; and there follows a linking paragraph that tells us that ‘[w]hile the king’s affairs declined in England, some events happened in Scotland which seemed to promise him a more prosperous issue of the quarrel’ (throughout his kingdoms).

614. Pocock 1975b, p. 615. Pocock 1982, p. 312. 48 vi So far, it seems, so straightforward. But there are complications. One more essay by Pocock leads into deeper waters. The Center for the History of British Political Thought at the Folger Library has systematically explored the theme of ‘Britishness’, and in the 1990s explored Anglo-Scottish and Anglo-Irish political exchange across the period 44 46 48 45 Pocock 1982, p. 312. Pocock 1982, p. 313. 47 Pocock 1982, p. 317. Pocock 1982, p. 318. Much of the remainder of that article is a demonstration of this model in relation to key aspects of each time-period from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries: Pocock 1982, pp.

Ford and McCafferty 2005, chs. 4, 5, 11. Holinshed 1577; Holinshed 1587. There is an admirable short account in the life of Holinshed in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Clegg 2004. 23 Hume’s account of the terms discussed between royalist and parliamentarian negotiators is the only one before the twenty-first century to give full consideration to the Irish and Scottish articles; the trial of Laud is set in the context of Scottish insistence on destroying him; and there follows a linking paragraph that tells us that ‘[w]hile the king’s affairs declined in England, some events happened in Scotland which seemed to promise him a more prosperous issue of the quarrel’ (throughout his kingdoms).

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