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Author Davis, J. C. (J. Colin)

Title Alternative worlds imagined, 1500-1700 : essays on radicalism, utopianism and reality / J.C. Davis.

Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]


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Physical description 1 online resource (viii, 246 pages).
Series Palgrave studies in utopianism
Palgrave studies in utopianism.
Springer History eBooks 2017 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Radicalism in a traditional society : the evaluation of radical thought in the English Commonwealth 1649-1660 -- Reassessing radicalism in a traditional society : two questions -- Conquering the conquest : the limits of non-violence in Gerrard Winstanley's thought -- Formal utopia/informal millennium : the struggle between form and substance as a context for seventeenth-century utopianism -- Against formality : one aspect of the English Revolution -- Religion and the struggle for freedom in the English Revolution -- Thomas More's Utopia : sources, legacy and interpretation -- Goodbye to Utopia : Thomas More's utopian conclusion -- James Harrington's utopian radicalism : Oceana and the narration of an alternative world.
Summary This book address the relationship between utopian and radical thought, particularly in the early modern period, and puts forward alternatives approaches to imagined 'realities'. Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700 explores the nature and meaning of radicalism in a traditional society; the necessity of fiction both in rejecting and constructing the status quo; and the circumstances in which radical and utopian fictions appear to become imperative. In particular, it closely examines non-violence in Gerrard Winstanley's thought; millennialism and utopianism as mutual critiques; form and substance in early modern utopianism/radicalism; Thomas More's utopian theatre of interests; and James Harrington and the political necessity of narrative fiction. This detailed analysis underpins observations about the longer term historical significance and meaning of both radicalism and utopianism.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Utopias -- Great Britain.
Utopias -- History -- 16th century.
Utopias -- History -- 17th century.
Political science -- Great Britain -- 16th century.
Political science -- Great Britain -- 17th century.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783319622323