The Putney Debates of 1647: The Army, the Levellers and the English State

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Michael Mendle
Cambridge University Press, 27.08.2001 - 297 Seiten
In the autumn of 1647, soldiers and officers of Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army held discussions near London on the constitution and future of England. Would there be a king and lords, or not? Would suffrage be limited to property holders? Would democratic changes lead to anarchy? The debates receive here their first sustained and varied scrutiny, resulting in a much richer appreciation of the very words reported to have been spoken by Oliver Cromwell, Henry Ireton, Thomas Rainborough, and the others, during those three tense and exhilarating days.
 

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Introduction
3
The survival of the manuscript
21
Reading and writing the text of the Putney debates
38
The debates from the perspective of the army
55
The army the state and the soldier in the English civil war
81
The case of the armie truly restated
105
Putneys pronouns identity and indemnity in the great debate
127
The Agreements of the people and their political contexts 16471649
150
From Reading to Whitehall Henry Iretons journey
177
The poorest she women and citizenship in early modern England
199
The Leveller legacy from the Restoration to the Exclusion Crisis
221
Puritanism liberty and the Putney debates
243
The Levellers in history and memory c 16601960
258
The true Levellers standard revisited an afterword
285
Index
294
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