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State and Commonwealth: The Theory of the State in Early Modern England, 1549-1640

Noah Dauber


In the history of political thought, the emergence of the modern state in early modern England has usually been treated as the development of an increasingly centralizing and expansive national sovereignty. Recent work in political and social history, however, has shown that the state—at court, in the provinces, and in the parishes—depended on the authority of local magnates and the participation of what has been referred to as “the middling sort.” This poses challenges to scholars seeking to describe how the state was understood by contemporaries of the period in light of the great classical ... More

Keywords: political thought, national sovereignty, state, society, commonwealth, social order, self-interest, distributive justice, social theory, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691170305
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691170305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noah Dauber, author
Colgate University