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Utopias of the British Enlightenment : Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought - Gregory Claeys

Utopias of the British Enlightenment

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought

By: Gregory Claeys (Editor)


Published: 20th October 2010
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This is the first major collection of eighteenth-century British utopias. Seven tracts, spanning the century, show how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, and particularly as a means of focussing on ideas of progress and commercial development. Radical and republican thinking about property ownership, social equality, and commerce and luxury - of particular relevance to the critique of 'corruption' in this period - coexists with nostalgic and conservative notions of the ideal hierarchical community. The introduction, which sets these tracts in a wider context of similar texts, examines their relationship to the political thought of the period, and shows how issues and developments of key importance, from the debate surrounding the French revolution to the origins of Romanticism and early socialism, are illuminated by an understanding of the utopian tradition.

"Claeys has performed a great service to utopian studies. Furthermore, his Introduction, which places these utopias in the context both of other such writings and of the social, political, and economic milieu from which they stem, provides an excellent approach to understanding the eighteenth-century British mind. This collection is worth having." SFRA Review

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ISBN: 9780521430845
ISBN-10: 0521430844
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 20th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.59