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Author Rollison, David, 1945-

Title A commonwealth of the people : popular politics and England's long social revolution, 1066-1649 / David Rollison.

Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    942 ROL    Available
Description xv, 474 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents What came before: antecedent structures and emergent themes -- The formation of a constitutional landscape, c. 1159-1327 -- The power of a common language -- Discords, quarrels and factions of the commonalty: an ensemble of popular demands, 1328-1381 -- The spectre of commonalty: popular rebellion and the commonweal, 1381-1549 -- How trade became an affair of state: the politics of industry, 1381-1640 -- Touching the wires: industry and empire -- 'The first pace that is sick': the revolution of politics in Shakespeare's Coriolanus -- 'Boiling hot with questions': the English Revolution and the parting of the ways.
Summary "In 1500 fewer than three million people spoke English; today English speakers number at least a billion worldwide. This book asks how and why a small island people became the nucleus of an empire 'on which the sun never set.' David Rollison argues that the 'English explosion' was the outcome of a long social revolution with roots deep in the medieval past. A succession of crises from the Norman Conquest to the English Revolution were causal links and chains of collective memory in a unique, vernacular, populist movement. The keyword of this long revolution, 'commonwealth,' has been largely invisible in traditional constitutional history. This panoramic synthesis of political, intellectual, social, cultural, religious, economic, literary, and linguistic movements offers a 'new constitutional history' in which state institutions and power elites were subordinate and answerable to a greater community that the early modern English called 'commonwealth' and we call 'society'" -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Political culture -- Great Britain -- History.
Popular culture -- Great Britain -- History.
Populism -- Great Britain -- History.
Community life -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Collective memory -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Social change -- Great Britain -- History.
Politische Kultur
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1066-1485.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1603.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1603-1649.
Great Britain -- Social conditions.
ISBN 9780521853736 (hbk.)
0521853737 (hbk.)
9780521139700 (pbk.)
0521139708 (pbk.)

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