The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America

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Date: Spring 2007
From: The Historian(Vol. 69, Issue 1)
Publisher: Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 535 words
Lexile Measure: 1630L

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The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America. By Lee Ward. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. x, 459. $90.00.)

The intellectual origins of the American Revolution are a subject of enduring interest, at least among the general public, political scientists, and amateur historians. Getting this story right is important because it helps to explain who and what we are as a people and the ultimate projection of our national ideals.

This study is an "archaeological project" that begins by locating the philosophic origins of Anglo-American Whig political thought in James Tyrell's Patriarcha Non Monarcha, Algernon Sidney's Discourses Concerning Government, and John Locke's Two Treatises of Government. What united Whig thought initially was its opposition to Sir Robert Filmer's defense of divine right, absolute monarchy. Tyrell, Sidney, and Locke all came to...

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