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The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America

The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America

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  • Author: Lee Ward, Campion College, Canada
  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521827454

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  • Examining the philosophical origins of the Anglo-American political and constitutional tradition in seventeenth century England, Lee Ward traces the historical development of these ideas from the Glorious Revolution in England in 1688 through to the American Revolution. Ward illuminates the source of modern liberal, republican, and conservative ideas about rights and government by exploring the philosophical debate between the British and Americans that lies at the root of the American Revolution. His book will be of interest to political theorists, historians, and students of American and British studies.

    • Investigates the philosophical origins of the American Revolution and the founding period
    • Provides a comprehensive consideration of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British political thought and history
    • Integrates historical context and political philosophy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This impressive volume breaks down the English Whig tradition into three major strands that have profoundly influenced the Anglo-American political tradition. Highly recommended." E.R. Gill, Bradley University, CHOICE

    "This book has many virtues. It is arguably the fullest account of the genesis of Whig political theory...a major contribution to the intellectual histoyr of the American Revolution...deserves a wide audience." - William and Mary Quarterly, Craig Yirush, UCLA

    "This is a well-written and welcome work..." American Historical Review Jerome Huyler, Seton Hall University

    "...Mr. Ward's simple but profound contribution to the debate shows that the liberal and republican interpretations present a false dichotomy....Mr. Ward does an excellent job of recreating the intellectual milieu of the Exclusion Crisis by revivifying the major alternative political philosophies, many of which are virtually unknown today, that formed the horizon of the early modern debate over sovereignty..."
    --Matthew Simpson, The Scriblerian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521827454
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 162 x 38 mm
    • weight: 0.794kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: re-examining the roots of Anglo-American political thought
    Part I. The Divine Right Challenge to Natural Liberty:
    1. The attack on the Catholic natural law
    2. Calvinism and parliamentary resistance theory
    3. The problem of Grotius and Hobbes
    Part II. The Whig Politics of Liberty in England:
    4. James Tyrrell: the voice of moderate Whiggism
    5. The Pufendorfian movement: moderate Whig sovereignty theory
    6. Algernon Sidney and the old Republicanisms
    7. A new Republican England
    8. Natural rights in Locke's two treatises
    9. Lockean liberal constitutionalism
    10. The glorious revolution and the catonic response
    Part III. The Whig Legacy in America:
    12. British constitutionalism and the challenge of empire
    13. Thomas Jefferson and the radical theory of empire
    14. Tom Paine and popular sovereignty
    15. Revolutionary constitutionalism: laboratories of radical Whiggism
    Conclusions
    Notes
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Lee Ward, Campion College, Canada
    Dr Lee Ward is Alpha Sigma Nu Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Studies at Campion College at the University of Regina. In addition to authoring The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America, he co-edited The Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism (2009) with Ann Ward. He has also written articles on John Locke, Aristotle, Plato, Montesquieu, and Algernon Sidney that have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Publius: A Journal of Federalism, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, the American Journal of Political Science, the International Philosophical Quarterly, and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy.

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