Andrew Fletcher: Political Works

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 9, 1997 - History - 243 pages
Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1653-1716) was one of the most acute observers of the European political order of his time, and an important forerunner of the Scottish Enlightenment. Famous in his own day and since for his patriotic opposition to the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707, Fletcher was an admirer of the ancients and a student of Machiavelli, who would adapt Machiavelli's strictly political concepts of a world increasingly shaped by commerce. His works address the fate of small nations dominated by larger, the advantages and disadvantages of great capital cities, and the prospects for new forms of political union which would be to the benefit of all of Europe's regions. This book is the first complete modern edition of Fletcher's works. The editor's introduction draws on research into Fletcher's life and thought, and the annotated text enables readers to appreciate the range and sharpness of Fletcher's analysis.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
vii
Introduction
ix
Chronology of Fletchers life
xxxi
Bibliographical guide
xxxv
Biographical notes
xli
A note on the text and the edition
xlix
A DISCOURSE of GOVERNMENT With relation to MILITIAS
l
THE POLITICAL WORKS of ANDREW FLETCHER Esq
li
Written in the Year 1698
33
Written in the month of July 1698
83
In April 1701
118
Which Began at Edinburgh the 6th of May 1703
129
From London the first of December 1703
175
List of variants
216
Index
235
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