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The Language of Liberty 1660-1832 : Political Discourse and Social Dynamics in the Anglo-American World, 1660-1832 - J. C. D. Clark

The Language of Liberty 1660-1832

Political Discourse and Social Dynamics in the Anglo-American World, 1660-1832

Paperback Published: 13th December 1993
ISBN: 9780521449571
Number Of Pages: 424

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This book creates a new framework for the political and intellectual relations between Britain and America in a momentous period that witnessed the formation of modern states on both sides of the Atlantic and the extinction of an Anglican, aristocratic and monarchical order. It stands as part of a project aimed at revising the map of early modern English-speaking societies, which includes Dr. Clark's previous books English Society, 1688SH1832 (1985) and Revolution and Rebellion (1986). This important revisionary study will be essential reading for historians, social scientists and students of literature of the period.

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'Jonathan Clark is the most controversial historian of his generation. ... constantly arresting, intellectually provocative and demanding ... throughout the work of a first class mind. The book will be required reading for all those interested in the period ...' Jeremy Black, The Times

Introduction: the structure of Anglo-American political discouse
Law, Religion and Sovereignty
Constitutional Innovations and their English Antecedents
The genesis of political discourse
Transatlantic ties and their failure
The Commonwealth paradigm
Denominational discourse
The implications of theological conflict
Denominational dynamics and political rebellions
The Conflict Between Laws: Sovereignty and State Formation in the Uniter Kingdom and United States
Law, nationality and nationalism: monarchical allegiance and identity
The creation of the United Kingdom, 1536-1801: religion and the origins of the common-law doctrine of sovereignty
Sovereignty and political theory from Justinian to the English jurists
Natural law versus common law: the polarisation of a common idiom
Sovereignty, dissent, and the American rejection of the British state
Sovereignty and the New Republic: the American constitution in transatlantic perspective
The Conflict Between Denominations: The Religious Identity of Early Modern Societies
Before redefinition: politics and religion in the old society
Anglicanism as an agency of state formation: the question of establishment
Canon law, heterodoxy and the American perception of tyranny
The Anglican ascendancy as the hegemony of discourse
The Anglican dream: harmony and conflict in the English parish
The Anglican nightmare: sectarian diversity in colonial America
Predispositions: Rebellion and its Social Constituencies in the English Atlantic Empire, 1660-1800
Rebellions and their analysis in the Anglo-American tradition
Covenanters, Presbyterians and Whigs: resistance to the Stuarts in England and Scotland, 1660-1689
Colonial American rebellions, 1660-1689, and transatlantic discourse
The rights of Englishmen, the rhetoric of slavery, and rebellions in Britain and America, 1689-1760
The right of resistance and its sectarian preconditions in north America, 1760-1799
The rhetoric of resistance and its social constituencies in England and Ireland, 1733-1828: some transatlantic analogies
Denominations, social constituencies and their activation
Political Mobilisation: The American Revolution as a War of Religion
The American Revolution as a civil war
Predispositions, accelerators and catalysts: the role of theology
Heterodox and orthodox in the Church of England
The divisions and disruptions of English dissent
Heterodoxy and rebellion in colonial America, 1760-1776
Conclusion: 'Desolating Devastation': The Origins of Anglo-American Divergence
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ISBN: 9780521449571
ISBN-10: 052144957X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 13th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.19  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59