By John, Professor Spurr
Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury, was once an incredible at the English political scene of the later 17th century. regardless of taking on palms opposed to the king within the Civil struggle, and his lively participation within the republican governments of the 1650s, Shaftesbury controlled to preserve a number one function in public affairs following the recovery of Charles II, being raised to the peerage and protecting a number of significant places of work. Following his dismissal from executive in 1673 he then turned de facto chief of the competition faction and champion of the Protestant reason, sooner than ultimately fleeing the rustic in 1681 following fees of excessive treason.
In order to appreciate totally this kind of complicated and arguable determine, this quantity attracts upon the specialized wisdom of 9 prime students to enquire Shaftesbury's lifestyles and popularity. in addition to re-evaluating the well known episodes during which he was once concerned - his early republican sympathies, the Cabal, the Popish Plot and the politics of occasion faction - different much less standard topics also are explored. those contain his involvement with the growth of England's in another country colonies, his courting with John Locke, his connections with Scotland and eire and his excessive profile public popularity. every one bankruptcy has been specially commissioned to offer an perception right into a assorted part of his profession, when concurrently including to an total evaluate of the fellow, his activities and ideology. As such, this ebook provides a special and coherent photograph of Shaftesbury that pulls upon the very newest interdisciplinary study, and may doubtless stimulate extra paintings at the so much exciting flesh presser of his generation.
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