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Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman : Studies in the Transmission, Development, and Circumstance of English Liberal Thought from the Restoration of Charles II Until the War with the Thirteen Colonies - Caroline Robbins

Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman

Studies in the Transmission, Development, and Circumstance of English Liberal Thought from the Restoration of Charles II Until the War with the Thirteen Colonies

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780865974272
Number Of Pages: 465

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In her Introduction to The Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman, Caroline Robbins wrote that the Commonwealthmen were "a gifted and active minority of the population of the British Isles, who kept alive, during an age of extraordinary complacency and legislative inactivity, a demand for increased liberty of conscience.". Their essays, arguments, pamphlets, and histories -- a continual flow from the late seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth -- were hugely popular in America. The themes presented were revolutionary: separation of powers, natural rights, rotation in office, religious freedom, a supreme court, and resistance to tyranny. They achieved very little political success, but the documents of later generations are full of ideas kept alive by the Commonwealthmen in difficult times. In The Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman, Robbins adeptly presents a history of these men, whose writings advocated the principles of liberty in an era when change was considered perilous.

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Name of a Commonwealthmanp. 1
Ideasp. 5
Dissemination of the Ideasp. 14
Measure of Achievementp. 17
Some Seventeenth-Century Commonwealthmenp. 19
Links with the Interregnump. 19
Neville and Harringtonp. 28
Sidneyp. 38
Ludlow and Nedhamp. 43
Milton and Marvellp. 47
The Whigs of the Revolution and of the Sacheverell Trialp. 52
Whig and Commonwealthman in '88p. 52
Locke and Newtonp. 54
James Tyrrell and Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterboroughp. 68
John, Lord Somers, and the Whigs of the Sacheverell Trialp. 74
The Old and the New Whigsp. 82
Robert Molesworth and His Friends in England, 1693-1727p. 84
"Old Whigs"p. 84
Robert Molesworth's Life and Friendsp. 87
An Account of Denmarkp. 94
Projects and Reformsp. 105
Trenchard and Gordon, Two Independent Whigsp. 111
Toland and Shaftesburyp. 121
The Case of Irelandp. 130
Liberal Ideas Before Grattan and Tonep. 130
William Molyneux and His Case of Irelandp. 133
Brisk Asserters of Irish Liberties: King, Maxwell, Dobbs, and Swiftp. 139
Reflections and Resolutions Proper for the Gentlemen of Ireland: Molesworth, Madden, Berkeley, Priorp. 151
Civil and Religious Libertyp. 160
The Interest of Scotlandp. 172
Scotland in 1700p. 172
Buchanan and Fletcherp. 174
Francis Hutcheson and Adam Smithp. 180
Ferguson, the Rankenians, Wallacep. 194
Later Republicans at Aberdeen and Glasgow--Blackwell, Ogilvie and Millarp. 205
The Contribution of Nonconformityp. 216
Unpopularity, Schism, and Declinep. 216
Schism: Barrington and Bradburyp. 228
Historians, Preachers, and Tutorsp. 233
Neal--The Historians and Journalistsp. 233
Fosterp. 237
Wattsp. 240
Grovep. 245
Doddridgep. 249
Poets, Publishers, Laymenp. 252
Staunch Whigs and Republicans of the Reign of George II (1727-1760)p. 265
Complacency and Politicsp. 265
Parliamentmen, Historical, Constitutional, and Legal Commentatorsp. 272
Anglican Innovators and Reformers--The Hoadlyitesp. 289
Edmund Law and John Brownp. 297
Thomas Pownall's Principles of Polityp. 304
Honest Whigs Under George III, 1761-1789p. 313
Character of Radicalism in the Periodp. 313
The Blackburne Connectionp. 317
Price, Priestley, and Some Other Dissentersp. 327
Political Disquisitions, Societies, and Associationsp. 348
Conclusionp. 369
Bibliographical Commentaryp. 381
Acknowledgmentsp. 391
Notesp. 397
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780865974272
ISBN-10: 0865974276
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 465
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79