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The Putney Debates of 1647 : The Army, the Levellers and the English State - Michael Mendle

The Putney Debates of 1647

The Army, the Levellers and the English State

By: Michael Mendle (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th August 2001
ISBN: 9780521650151
Number Of Pages: 297

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In the autumn of 1647, soldiers and officers of Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army held discussions near London on the constitution and future of England. Would there be a king and lords, or not? Would suffrage be limited to property holders? Would democratic changes lead to anarchy? Three generations of scholars examine the debates in their multiple contexts: the debates themselves, the nature and history of the text that has come down to us, the army's immediate concerns, the role of Leveller and other democratic ideas, the wider ramifications for politics and gender, and the place of the debates and the Levellers in later historical consciousness. The debates receive here their most sustained and varied scrutiny, resulting in a much richer appreciation of the very words reported to have been spoken by Oliver Cromwell, Henry Ireton, Thomas Rainborough, and the others, during those three tense and exhilarating days.

"Reassessing the Putney debates, like the trial of Charles I, is much needed, and Mendle has drawn together an impressive collection of scholars, whose articles are generally of the highest quality... The volume provides stimulating analyses of the text and history of the debates, and the historiography which surrounds both Putney and the protagonists of 1647, and extremely valuable contributions on the context(s) of Putney, and the ramifications of these famous events." Canadian Journal of History "The tantalizing insights that these [debates] offer historians and students of political theory certainly justify the present collection. ...there is a rich array of material for specialists from such diverse fields as political theory, military history, law, crowd behavior, and women's studies." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History "With his own fine sense of historical openness, Pocock put his finger on the point: Putney is not merely a fact. It is also a possibnlity." Albion

Introduction
The Putney Debates: The Artefact
The survival of the manuscript
Reading and writing the text of the Putney debates
The Putney Debates and Their Contexts
The debates from the perspective of the army
The army, the state and the soldier in the English civil war
The case of the armie truly re-stated
Putney's pronouns: identity and indemnity in the great debate
The agreements of the people and their political context, 1647-1649
From Reading to Whitehall: Henry Ireton's journey
Levellers and 'Levellerism' in History and Historiography
'The poorest she': women and citizenship in early modern England
The Leveller legacy: from the Restoration to the Exclusion crisis
Puritanism, liberty and the Putney debates
The Levellers in history and memory, c. 1660-1960
The true Levellers' standard revisited: an afterword
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521650151
ISBN-10: 0521650151
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 297
Published: 27th August 2001
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.33  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.62