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The Politics of Commonwealth offers a major reinterpretation of urban political culture in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Examining what it meant to be a freeman and citizen in early modern England, it also shows the increasingly pivotal place of cities and boroughs within the national polity. It considers the practices that constituted urban citizenship as well as its impact on the economic, patriarchal and religious life of towns and the larger commonwealth. The author has recovered the language and concepts used at the time, whether by eminent citizens like Andrew Marvell or more humble tradesmen and craftsmen. Unprecedented in terms of the range of its sources and freshness of its approach, the book reveals a dimension of early modern culture that has major implications for how we understand the English state, economy and 'public sphere'; the political upheavals of the mid-seventeenth-century and popular political participation more generally.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521100366
ISBN-10: 0521100364
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Phil Withington

Dr Phil Withington is Lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Aberdeen. He is the coeditor of Communities in Early Modern England (2000).

Books By Author Phil Withington

Politics of Commonwealth by Phil Withington

The Politics of Commonwealth

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Communities in Early Modern England by Phil Withington

Communities in Early Modern England

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