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Sovereignty and the Sword: Harrington, Hobbes, and Mixed Government in the English Civil Wars

Arihiro Fukuda


The English civil wars of the mid-seventeenth century produced two political thinkers of genius: Thomas Hobbes and James Harrington. They are known today as spokesmen of opposite positions, Hobbes of absolutism, Harrington of republicanism. Yet behind their disagreements, this book argues, there lay a common perspective. For both writers, the primary aim was the restoration of peace and order to a divided land. Both men saw the conventional thinking of the time as unequal to that task. Their greatest works — Hobbes's Leviathan of 1651, Harrington's Oceana of 1656 — proposed the reconstruction ... More

Keywords: English civil wars, mid-seventeenth century, political thinkers, genius, Thomas Hobbes, James Harrington, absolutism, republicanism, restoration of peace, Leviathan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arihiro Fukuda, author
University of Tokyo