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The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

Rachel Hammersley

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079320
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702345 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079320.001.0001
The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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This book offers a full account of the role played by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English Republican ideas in eighteenth-century France. Challenging some of the dominant accounts of the Republican tradition, it revises conventional understandings of what Republicanism meant in both Britain and France during the eighteenth century, offering a distinctive trajectory as regards ancient and modern constructions and highlighting variety rather than homogeneity within the tradition. The book thus offers a new perspective on both the legacy of the English Republican tradition and the origins and thought of the French Revolution. It centres around a series of case studies that focus on a number of colourful and influential characters including John Toland, Viscount Bolingbroke, John Wilkes, and the Comte de Mirabeau.

Keywords: English Republican ideas; eighteenth-century France; Republican tradition; Republicanism; French Revolution; John Toland; Viscount Bolingbroke; John Wilkes; Comte de Mirabeau

Book.  272 pages. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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From English republicans to British commonwealthmen in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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The Huguenot connection in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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Viscount Bolingbroke:an atypical commonwealthman in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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Bolingbroke’s French associates in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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A French commonwealthman: the abbé mably in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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The commonwealth tradition and the Wilkite controversies in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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The British Origins of the Chevalier d’Eon’s patriotism in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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The British Origins of The Baron d’Holbach’s atheism in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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The British origins of Jean-Paul Marat’s revolutionary radicalism in The English Republican tradition and eighteenth-century France

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