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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
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 474 pages)
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2010
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Subject Collective memory -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Community life -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Political culture -- Great Britain -- History.
Popular culture -- Great Britain -- History.
Populism -- Great Britain -- History.
Social change -- Great Britain -- History.
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.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511770030 (electronic bk.)
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0521853737 (hbk.)
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