The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution by Christopher Hill

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The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution by Christopher Hill ISBN: 9780140137323. Studies the beliefs of radical groups as the Diggers, the Ranters, the Levellers and others, and the social and emotional impulses that gave rise to them. This title offers a portrait of the effusion of revolutionary beliefs, including the relations between rich and poor, the part played by wandering men, and the outbursts of sexual freedom.

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Within the English revolution of the mid-seventeenth century which resulted in the triumph of the protestant ethic – the ideology of the propertied class – there threatened another, quite different, revolution. Its success ‘might have established communal property, a far wider democracy in political and legal institutions, might have disestablished the state church and rejected the protestant ethic’. In ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ Christopher Hill studies the beliefs of such radical groups as the Diggers, the Ranters, the Levellers and others, and the social and emotional impulses that gave rise to them. The relations between rich and poor classes, the part played by wandering ‘masterless’ men, the outbursts of sexual freedom, the great imaginative creations of Milton and Bunyan – these and many other elements build up into a marvellously detailed and coherent portrait of this strange, sudden effusion of revolutionary beliefs.

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Weight 288 g
Dimensions 197 × 129 × 21 mm
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