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The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America


  • Author: Lee Ward, Campion College, Canada
  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521179638

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  • This study locates the philosophical origins of the Anglo-American political and constitutional tradition in the philosophical, theological, and political controversies in seventeenth-century England. By examining the quarrel it identifies the source of modern liberal, republican and conservative ideas about natural rights and government in the seminal works of the Exclusion Whigs Locke, Sidney, and Tyrrell and their philosophical forebears Hobbes, Grotius, Spinoza, and Pufendorf. This study illuminates how these first Whigs and their diverse eighteenth-century intellectual heirs such as Bolingbroke, Montesquieu, Hume, Blackstone, Otis, Jefferson, Burke, and Paine contributed to the formation of Anglo-American political and constitutional theory in the crucial period from the Glorious Revolution through to the American Revolution and the creation of a distinctly American understanding of rights and government in the first state constitutions.

    • 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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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521179638
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • 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

  • 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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