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Algernon Sidney and the English republic, 1623-1677 /
Jonathan Scott.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
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xii, 258 p. --
ISBN
0521352908
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
isbn
0521352908
catalogue key
2583429
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-05:
Perhaps because he was eclipsed by his contemporary, John Locke, or because he died a traitor's death in 1683, Algernon Sidney has received no major treatment for more than a century. His reputation is now being fully restored by Scott's superb work, the first portion of which treats Sidney's early development, 1623 to 1677. Scott (Victoria University, Wellington) follows Sidney's remarkable odyssey from the battlefields of the English Civil War, his ambassadorial career during the Commonwealth, his wanderings as an exile during the Restoration, to his return to England. Not only are Sidney's movements shadowed, but Scott shows the growth of a remarkable mind, open to all the forces of his age. To view Sidney merely as a republican radical is no longer possible; scholars must now see him as a universal thinker. A marvelous feature of this work is a first analysis of Sidney's Court Maxims, placing Sidney's concept of freedom. Brilliantly written, Scott's book is far more than biography; it is a lively reconstruction of the time and its troubles and possibilities. Excellent annotation, but no bibliography. College, university, and public libraries. -G. M. Straka, University of Delaware
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In the century following his execution for treason in 1683, Algernon Sidney became one of the most widely influential political writers - in both Europe and America - that England had ever produced. This is the first full-scale study of Sidney for more than a century, and the first ever study of his political thought.
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In the century following his execution for treason in 1683, Algernon Sidney became one of the most widely influential political writers - in both Europe and America - that England had ever produced. This is the first full-scale study of Sidney for more than a century, and the first ever study of his political thought. The book describes Sidney's republican political ideas and their later impact. It sets them in their ideological context, in relation both to their sources and to the ideas of contemporaries, including Milton, Harrington, Vane, and Locke.
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In the century following his execution for treason in 1683, Algernon Sidney became one of the most widely influential political writers - in both Europe and America - that England had ever produced. This is the first full-scale study of Sidney for more than a century, and the first ever study of his political thought. The book describes Sidney's republican political ideas and their later impact. It sets them in their ideological context, in relation both to their sources and to the ideas of contemporaries, including Milton, Harrington, Vane, and Locke. It then asks: how did this ideology develop, and why? The answer involves a series of investigations: of Sidney's family background; of the nature of his personal life and family relationships; and of his public political career. On this latter score we follow Sidney's progress from parliamentarian soldier in the English Civil War, to senior member and ambassador of the English Republic, to embittered exile after the Restoration in 1660.
Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the man and the myth
Family and Ideas
Political and religious thought
Family background
Family politics
War and Politics
Diplomacy and war 1635-48
Republic 1649-53
Tyranny 1653-59
War and diplomacy 1659-60
Restoration and Exile
The Restoration
Rome 1660-63
The exiles 1663-66
The Court Maxims
The Dutch connection
Le Comte de Sidney 1666-77
Index
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