By Ellen Meiksins Wood
The 16th and 17th centuries observed the increase of capitalism and the fashionable geographical region, the institution of an more and more foreign economic system, and the beginnings of recent colonialism. It was once a turbulent time, marked via innovative advancements in tradition and faith, social clash, political upheaval, and civil struggle. It was once additionally an age of passionate debate and radical innovation in political concept and perform. Many modern political ideologies and concepts—ideas of the country, civil society, estate, and person rights, to call a few—can hint their ancestry to this era.
Illuminating the roots of up to date Western political idea, A Trumpet of Sedition surveys canonical texts by way of trendy thinkers resembling Thomas extra, Richard Hooker, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, radicals just like the Levellers and Gerrard Winstanley and different much less popular yet vital figures. In transparent and full of life prose, whereas situating them of their social and political context in new and unique methods and contrasting the English case to others in Europe. through interpreting political principles now not only as free-floating abstractions yet as dwelling encounters with the historic experience—the formation of the English nation and the increase of agrarian capitalism—A Trumpet of Sedition illuminates the roots of latest Western political inspiration.
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