The Rule of Moderation: Violence, Religion and the Politics of Restraint in Early Modern England (BOK)

Ethan H. Shagan

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Why was it that whenever the Tudor-Stuart regime most loudly trumpeted its moderation, that regime was at its most vicious? This groundbreaking book argues that the ideal of moderation, so central to English history and identity, functioned as a tool of social, religious and political power. Thus The Rule of Moderation rewrites the history of early modern England, showing that many of its key developments - the via media of Anglicanism, political liberty, the development of empire and even religious toleration - were defined and defended as instances of coercive moderation, producing the 'middle way' through the forcible restraint of apparently dangerous excesses in Church, state and society. By showing that the quintessentially English quality of moderation was at heart an ideology of control, Ethan Shagan illuminates the subtle violence of English history and explains how, paradoxically, England came to represent reason, civility and moderation to a world it slowly conquered.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Ethan H. Shagan
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521135566
Antall sider 396 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 630 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form British & Irish history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700