Freedom and the Construction of Europe

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Quentin Skinner, Martin van Gelderen
Cambridge University Press, Mar 7, 2013 - History - 425 pages
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Freedom, today perceived simply as a human right, was a continually contested idea in the early modern period. In Freedom and the Construction of Europe an international group of scholars explore the richness, diversity and complexity of thinking about freedom in the shaping of modernity. Volume 1 examines debates about religious and constitutional liberties, as well as exploring the tensions between free will and divine omnipotence across a continent of proliferating religious denominations. Volume 2 considers free persons and free states, examining differing views about freedom of thought and action and their relations to conceptions of citizenship. Debates about freedom have been fundamental to the construction of modern Europe, but represent a part of our intellectual heritage that is rarely examined in depth. These volumes provide materials for thinking in fresh ways not merely about the concept of freedom, but how it has come to be understood in our own time.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Freedom and apocalyptic thinking in early modern Lutheranism 1
11
the case ofMary
12
Calvinist debates on freedom
21
ANNAB EL BRETT
27
Libertas ecclesiae in posttridentine debates on church and state
38
FELIcITY GREEN
46
Ecclesiastical independence and the freedom of consent 5 7
57
The liberty of Italian citystates
157
Free and unfree states in Machiavellis political philosophy
176
Discourses on liberty in early modern Ragusa
195
Liberty and liberties in early modern PolandLithuania
215
Liberty and liberties in Europes federal republics
235
Freedom and the limits of Europe
247
Roman laW German liberties and the constitution of the Holy
256
From European to cosmopolitan freedom
266

FREYA SIERHUIs
65
Freedom virtue and Socinian heterodoxy
77
Hebraism and religious freedom
94
AVI LIFSCHITZ
106
Pufendorfand Locke on the edge of freedom
121
Free citizens and the state
128
Freedom of conscience political liberty and the foundations
134
The language of liberty in early modern Hungarian political debate
274
Is political freedom an Islamic value?
283
The language ofliberty in Calvinist political thought
296
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336
Index zlfnames
390
Index zlfsuhjerts
400
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Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London.

Martin van Gelderen held the Chair of European Intellectual History at the European University from 2003 until 2012 and is now Director of the Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.