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Foundations of Modern Political Thought The Age of Reformation

ISBN-10: 0521294355
ISBN-13: 9780521294355
Edition: 1978
Authors: Quentin Skinner
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Book details

Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

A two-volume study of political thought from the late thirteenth to the end of the sixteenth century, the decisive period of transition from medieval to modern political theory. The work is intended to be both an introduction to the period for students, and a presentation and justification of a particular approach to the interpretation of historical texts. Volume One deals with the Renaissance, Volume Two with the Age of Reformation. Quentin Skinner gives an outline account of all the principal texts of the period, discussing in turn the chief political writings of Dante, Marsiglio, Bartolus, Machiavelli, Erasmus and more, Luther and Calvin, Bodin and the Calvinist revolutionaries. But he also examines a very large number of lesser writers in order to explain the general social and intellectual context in which these leading theorists worked. He thus presents the history not as a procession of 'classic texts' but are more readily intelligible. He traces by this means the gradual emergence of the vocabulary of modern political thought, and in particular the crucial concept of the State. We are given an insight into the actual processes of the formation of ideologies and into some of the linkages between political theory and practice. The work aspires, in this sense, to give the first genuinely historical account of the political thought of the period.

Absolutism and the Lutheran Reformation
The principles of Lutheranism
The forerunners of Lutheranism
The spread of Lutheranism
Constitutionalism and the Counter Reformation
The background of constitutionalism
The revival of Thomism
The limits of constitutionalism
Calvinism and the Theory of Revolution
The duty to resist
The context of the Huguenot revolution
The right to resist
Conclusion
Bibliography of primary sources
Bibliography of secondary sources
Index

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