A Trumpet of Sedition: Political Theory and the Rise of by Ellen Meiksins Wood

By Ellen Meiksins Wood

The 16th and 17th centuries observed the increase of capitalism and the fashionable countryside, the institution of an more and more foreign financial system, and the beginnings of contemporary colonialism. It was once a turbulent time, marked via progressive advancements in tradition and faith, social clash, political upheaval, and civil battle. It used to be additionally an age of passionate debate and radical innovation in political idea and perform. Many modern political ideologies and concepts—ideas of the nation, civil society, estate, and person rights, to call a few—can hint their ancestry to this era.

Illuminating the roots of latest Western political concept, A Trumpet of Sedition surveys canonical texts through well-known thinkers reminiscent of Thomas extra, Richard Hooker, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, radicals just like the Levellers and Gerrard Winstanley and different much less renowned yet very important figures. In transparent and vigorous prose, whereas situating them of their social and political context in new and unique methods and contrasting the English case to others in Europe. by means of interpreting political rules now not simply as free-floating abstractions yet as residing encounters with the historic experience—the formation of the English nation and the increase of agrarian capitalism—A Trumpet of Sedition illuminates the roots of up to date Western political proposal.

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