- What was the most important shift in early modern political discourse between 1500 and 1650?
- Contrast and compare the ideas of two early modern political thinkers.
**NOTE: Some eresources are accessible only on-campus or via off-campus proxies or the athens service**
- BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time' Programme on 'Sovereignty'
- BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time' Programme on 'The Social Contract'
- BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time' Programme on 'Hobbes'
- BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time' Programme on 'Machiavelli and the Italian City States'
- BBC Imagine programme: 'Who's Afraid of Machiavelli?'
Selected key texts
- A. Brett & J. Tully, Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought (2006) (ebook)
A. Pagden, The Languages of Political Theory in early modern Europe (1987) (ebook)
J. G. A. Pocock, The Varieties of British Political Thought (1993) (ebook)
- J. Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition (2003) (ebook)
Quentin Skinner, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Vol. 1 The Renaissaince (1978) (ebook) (2 vols., 1978)
- ", The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Vol. 2 The Age of Reformation (1978) (ebook)
R. Tuck, Philosophy and Government, 1572-1651 (1993) (ebook)
J. G. A. Pocock, The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law (1987)
D. Armitage, Theories of Empire 1450-1800 (1998)
H. Braun & E. Vallance, Contexts of Conscience in early modern Europe, 1500-1700 (2004)
J.H. Burns & M. Goldie, The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700 (1991)
M.P. Gilmore, Argument from Roman law in Political Thought 1200-1600 (1941)
A. Pagden, Lords of all the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France c.1500-c.1800 (1995)
J. Plamenatz, Man and Society. Political and Social Theories from Machiavelli to Marx (vols.1&2, 1992 edn)
Italian Political Thought (Machiavelli)
H.C. Butters, ‘Power, force, diplomacy and the Roman model in the writings of Niccolò Machiavelli’, in The World of Savonarola. Italian elites and Perceptions of Crisis, eds. S. Fletcher & C. Shaw (2000), pp. 128-34
J.R. Hale, Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy (1961)
N. Rubinstein, ‘Italian Political Thought, 1450-1530’, in The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700, ed. J. H. Burns (1991)
Q. Skinner, Machiavelli (1981)
English Political Thought (More, Locke, Hobbes)
- Richard Ashcraft, ‘Revolutionary Politics and Locke’s Two Treatises of Government’ in Political Theory (1980)
- Richard Ashcraft, Revolutionary politics & Locke's Two treatises of government (1986)
- B. Bradshaw, ‘More on Utopia’, Historical Journal 24 (1981)
- Justin Champion, 'Political Thinking between the Restoration and Hanoverian Succession' in B. Coward (ed.), A Companion to Stuart Britain (2003) (ebook)
- C. Davis, Utopia and the Ideal Society (1981)
- C. Hill, The World turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas during the English Revolution (1975)
- Peter Laslett, Locke's Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge, 1988)
- Patricia Springborg (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's Leviathan (2007) (e-book)
- T. Sorrell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes (1996) (ebook)
- P. Zagorin, Hobbes and the Law of Nature (2009) (ebook)
French political thought (Bodin)
- J. H. Franklin, Jean Bodin and the rise of Absolutist Theory (1973)
- J. H. M. Salmon, Society in Crisis: France in the sixteenth century (1975)
- Avalon Project: - collection of documents relating to law, history and diplomacy
- Political Treatise by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet - extracts from treatise by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (French bishop and theologian)
- Society for Utopian Studies - international association for the study of utopianism (website includes events, publications and other resources)
- British History Online - including Commons debates and journals
- Levellers and Radicalism - discussion about the emergence of the Levellers and English Civil War Radicalism
- Milton Reading Room - complete poetry and prose by John Milton