Commonwealth and Sovereignty: Bodin in the English Revolution

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Nador u. 11
Hanak room
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 3:30pm
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Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 3:30pm to 5:10pm

The lecture is open to the public as part of the course

History of European Political Thought - West and East


Thursday, October 25, 2012 

 3:30 PM 

CEU, Nádor u. 11

Hanak Room 



Abstract:  This paper is a case study in the reception of the Bodinian idea of sovereignty, exploring the ways in which – in the thinking of the English Revolution – sovereignty interacted with ‘traditional’ English understandings of state and nationhood, focused on the concept of ‘commonwealth’. It will also provide an English context for the account of sovereignty developed by Thomas Hobbes from 1640, and which appeared in its final form in his Leviathan in 1651.

Professor Glenn BURGESS, who was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Hull  in 2010, was born in New Zealand, and educated there (Victoria University of Wellington), as well as at the University of Cambridge, where he completed a PhD in 1988. He returned to New Zealand to teach at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch from 1988 to 1994, when he joined the History Department at Hull. He was Head of Department from 2003 to 2009. His research and teaching interests lie in the history of Tudor and Stuart England, the history of political thought, and philosophy and theory of history. Professor Burgess is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has sat on the Society's Council. His major publications include The Politics of the Ancient Constitution: An Introduction to English Political Thought 1603-1642 (1992); Absolute Monarchy and the Stuart Constitution (1996); British Political Thought 1500-1660: The Politics of the Post-Reformation (2009); and, as editor or co-editor, The New British History: Founding a Modern State 1603-1715 (1999); English Radicalism, 1550-1850 (2007), European Political Thought 1450-1700 (2007), and England’s Wars of Religion, Revisited (2011).

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