The Levellers

Radical political thought in the English Revolution

Rachel Foxley


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Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-7190-8936-7
Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain
Subject Area: History
BIC Category: Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Published: May 2013
234 x 156 mm
304 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Also available in: Hardback
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  • The Leveller movement of the 1640s campaigned for religious toleration and a radical remaking of politics in post-civil war England. This book, the first full-length study of the Levellers for fifty years, offers a fresh analysis of the originality and character of Leveller thought. Challenging received ideas about the Levellers as social contract theorists and Leveller thought as a mere radicalisation of parliamentarian thought, Foxley shows that the Levellers’ originality lay in their subtle and unexpected combination of different strands within parliamentarianism. The book takes full account of recent scholarship, and contributes to historical debates on the development of radical and republican politics in the civil war period, the nature of tolerationist thought, the significance of the Leveller movement and the extent of the Levellers’ influence in the ranks of the New Model Army.
    Introduction: Levellers and historians
    1. Consent and the origins of government
    2. The appeal to the people
    3. The laws of England and the ‘free-born Englishman’
    4. Religion, politics and conscience
    5. Levellers and the army: England’s freedom, soldiers’ rights
    6. Levellers into republicans?
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index

    Rachel Foxley is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Reading
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