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'Mechanic Tyrannie': Anthony Ashley Cooper and the English Republic

Marshall, A (2011) ''Mechanic Tyrannie': Anthony Ashley Cooper and the English Republic.' In: Spurr, J, ed. Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury 1621-1683. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 27-50. ISBN 9780754661719

Abstract

Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury, was a giant on the English political scene of the later seventeenth century. Despite taking up arms against the king in the Civil War, and his active participation in the republican governments of the 1650s, Shaftesbury managed to retain a leading role in public affairs following the Restoration of Charles II, being raised to the peerage and holding several major offices. Following his dismissal from government in 1673 he then became de facto leader of the opposition faction and champion of the Protestant cause, before finally fleeing the country in 1681 following charges of high treason. In order to understand fully such a complex and controversial figure, this volume draws upon the specialised knowledge of nine leading scholars to investigate Shaftesbury's life and reputation. As well as re-evaluating the well-known episodes in which he was involved - his early republican sympathies, the Cabal, the Popish Plot and the politics of party faction - other less familiar themes are also explored. These include his involvement with the expansion of England's overseas colonies, his relationship with John Locke, his connections with Scotland and Ireland and his high profile public reputation. Each chapter has been especially commissioned to give an insight into a different facet of his career, whilst simultaneously adding to an overall evaluation of the man, his actions and beliefs.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 13:26
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 16:26
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