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The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America - Lee Ward

The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America

By: Lee Ward

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Published: 26th July 2004
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With in-depth analysis of political philosophy and careful attention to historical context, 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 between the proponents of the doctrine of natural liberty and the champions of divine right theory, this study 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 forbears Hobbes, Grotius, Spinoza, and Pufendorf. These first Whigs and their 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 to the American Revolution and the creation of a distinctly American understanding of rights and government in the first state constitutions.

"This impressive volume breaks down the English Whig tradition into three major strands that have profoundly influenced the Anglo-American political tradition. Highly recommended." E.R. Gill, Bradley University, CHOICE "This book has many virtues. It is arguably the fullest account of the genesis of Whig political theory...a major contribution to the intellectual histoyr of the American Revolution...deserves a wide audience." - William and Mary Quarterly, Craig Yirush, UCLA "This is a well-written and welcome work..." American Historical Review Jerome Huyler, Seton Hall University

Introduction: reexamining the roots of Anglo-American political thought
The Divine Right Challenge to Natural Liberty
The attack on the catholic natural law
Calvinism and parliamentary resistance theory
The problem of Grotius and Hobbes
The Whig Politics of Liberty in England
James Tyrrell: the voice of moderate Whiggism
The Pufendorfian movement: moderate Whig sovereignty theory
Algernon Sidney and the old Republicanisms
A new Republican England
Natural rights in Locke's two treatises
Lockean liberal constitutionalism
The glorious revolution and the catonic response
The Whig Legacy in America
British constitutionalism and the challenge of empire
Thomas Jefferson and the radical theory of empire
Tom Paine and popular sovereignty
Revolutionary constitutionalism: laboratories of radical Whiggism
Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521827454
ISBN-10: 0521827450
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 470
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.79