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Milton in the Long Restoration$
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Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.001.0001

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Some Thoughts on Periodization

Some Thoughts on Periodization

John Milton to Adam Smith and Beyond

(p.433) 23 Some Thoughts on Periodization
Milton in the Long Restoration

Steven Pincus

Oxford University Press

John Milton wrote and acted in a revolutionary age. This chapter argues that in many ways Milton’s work placed him on the cusp of modernity. His contributions to the debates over the Anglo-Dutch union engaged with debates about the transition from Early Modern composite states, to larger states with complex but consolidated police powers. Milton also engaged with debates about political economy, debates that would be central to the Enlightenment and indeed to the constitution of the modern world. Finally, Milton’s style of political engagement took part in a larger shift from the politics of elite discussions with learned treatises to a politics that focused on shorter, more ephemeral contributions that appealed to broader and eventually more democratic audiences.

Keywords:   confederation, political economy, popular politics, modernity, John Milton

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