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James Harrington: An Intellectual Biography

Rachel Hammersley


James Harrington was a significant political and intellectual figure of the mid-seventeenth century, whose life and works embody the complex and contested web of political, religious and cultural ideas that lay at the heart of the English Revolution. His innovative constitutional proposals exercised a profound influence on political debate during that period and for at least two centuries thereafter, and his insights - particularly on democracy - remain relevant today. The complexity of Harrington’s thought has been under-appreciated by scholars in recent years due to the tendency to view him ... More

Keywords: James Harrington, English Revolution, English Civil War, political thought, republicanism, commonwealth, democracy, balance, reconciliation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Hammersley, author
Senior Lecturer in Intellectual History, University of Newcastle