Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law A Study of English Historical Thought in the Seventeenth Century

ISBN-10: 052131643X
ISBN-13: 9780521316439
Edition: 2nd 1987
Authors: J. G. A. Pocock
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/24/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Professor Pocock's subject is how the seventeenth century looked at its own past. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, one of the most important modes of studying the past was the study of the law - the historical outlook which arose in each nation was in part the product of its law, and therefore, in turn of its history. In clarifying the relation of the historical outlook of seventeenth-century Englishmen to the study of law, and pointing out its political implication, Pocock shows how history's ground was laid for a more philosophical approach in the eighteenth century.

Preface
Preface to the first edition
The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law
Introductory: the French prelude to modern historiography
The common-law mind: custom and the immemorial
The common-law mind: the absence of a basis of comparison
The discovery of feudalism: French and Scottish historians
The discovery of feudalism: Sir Henry Spelman
Interregnum: the Oceana of James Harrington
Interregnum: the first royalist reaction and the response of Sir Matthew Hale
The Brady controversy
Conclusion: 1688 in the history of historiography
The Ancient Constitution Revisited: A Retrospect from 1986
Historiography and common law
Civil War and interregnum
Restoration, revolution and oligarchy
Index

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