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Intellectual Origins of the English…

Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution (1965)

by Christopher Hill

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"MISTER Seventeenth Century" 's magnum opus, The through-line is occasionally hard to follow through all the undergrowth, but it remains an interesting summary of the intellectual developments that led to the English Civil War. Francis Bacon is underrated.
300+ tightly reasoned pages, with perhaps 2000 footnotes...

And Hill's conclusion?

p. 299: "So my conclusion is the banal and eternal one, that history is all very mixed up."

Uh, thanks, perfessor.

Fun Facts: Hard to imagine that the very idea that "progress and improvement are possible by the use of human reason" was once a new idea. (p.182, Hill credits it to Bodin, in 1566.)
"We have got so used to regarding originality as a virtue that wins scholarships that we forget the time, not so long ago, when it was regarded as an intellectual offense." (p. 289, Hill cites John Donne (1611) on this point) ( )
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This is a revised edition of Christopher Hill's classic and groundbreaking examination of the motivations behind the English Revolution, first published in 1965. In addition to the text of the original, Dr Hill provides thirteen new chapters which take account of other publications since the first edition, bringing his work up-to-date in a stimulating and enjoyable way.

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