By Ellen Meiksins Wood
The 16th and 17th centuries observed the increase of capitalism and the trendy countryside, the institution of an more and more overseas economic climate, and the beginnings of recent colonialism. It was once a turbulent time, marked through innovative advancements in tradition and faith, social clash, political upheaval, and civil battle. It was once additionally an age of passionate debate and radical innovation in political thought and perform. Many modern political ideologies and concepts—ideas of the country, civil society, estate, and person rights, to call a few—can hint their ancestry to this era.
Illuminating the roots of latest Western political proposal, A Trumpet of Sedition surveys canonical texts via 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 full of life 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 way of reading political rules no longer only as free-floating abstractions yet as dwelling encounters with the old experience—the formation of the English country and the increase of agrarian capitalism—A Trumpet of Sedition illuminates the roots of latest Western political idea.
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A Trumpet of Sedition: Political Theory and the Rise of Capitalism, 1509-1688 by Ellen Meiksins Wood