People And Parliament: Representative Rights and the English Revolution

Hardcover | March 15, 2008

byGeorge Yerby

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People and Parliament offers a fresh and rounded perspective on the English Revolution of the 1640s. It uses detailed evidence to show how the economic requirement for parliament's services, especially legislation, underpinned a demand for political change. It suggests that this took shape through a working "discourse" of ideas about the status of representative forms. The growing significance of the sovereign legislative function provided both the practical and philosophical impetus for parliament to assume a permanent place in political life.

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People and Parliament offers a fresh and rounded perspective on the English Revolution of the 1640s. It uses detailed evidence to show how the economic requirement for parliament's services, especially legislation, underpinned a demand for political change. It suggests that this took shape through a working "discourse" of ideas about t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.69 × 5.63 × 0.9 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230553222

ISBN - 13:9780230553224

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Pasts and Presents * Legislative Beginnings: 1603-1610 * The Constitutional Dimension * The Foreign Policy Dimension * Legistlative Ambitions Frustrated * The Vacuum Filled: the Triennial Act of 1641 * Politics and Relgion: the Balance of Motivation * Statute Law and Civil War: "A right that induced men to fight" * The Sovereignty of Parliament * Epilogue: "A Parliamentary Man" * Appendix I: Thomas Hobbes and the Idea of the Representative * Appendix II: Dartmouth's Parliamentary Diary

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"Yerby's achievement then is to render an empirically informed reading of the realization of parliamentary sovereignty. Based upon archival research, Yerby's investigation encompasses all orders of society and provides shrewd arguments that build to a logical climax. He strives mightily to reinstate the "English Revolution" as a cause rather than a consequence of civil war... Recommended." —CHOICE