Palgrave Studies in Utopianism

Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700

Essays on Radicalism, Utopianism and Reality

Authors: Davis, Colin

  • Explores the history and development of utopian thought from Thomas More onwards, focusing particularly on the early modern periodExamines the linguistic, social, cultural and material dimensions of subversive thinking in this period
  • Demonstrates that both radical and utopian thought share narrative fictional qualities
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This book address the relationship between utopian and radical thought, particularly in the early modern period, and puts forward alternatives approaches to imagined ‘realities’. Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700 explores the nature and meaning of radicalism in a traditional society; the necessity of fiction both in rejecting and constructing the status quo; and the circumstances in which  radical and utopian fictions appear to become imperative. In particular, it closely examines non-violence in Gerrard Winstanley’s thought; millennialism and utopianism as mutual critiques; form and substance in early modern utopianism/radicalism; Thomas More’s utopian theatre of interests; and James Harrington and the political necessity of narrative fiction. This detailed analysis underpins observations about the longer term historical significance and meaning of both radicalism and utopianism.

About the authors

J. C. Davis is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of East Anglia, UK. His previous publications include Utopia and the Ideal Society (1981), Fear, Myth and History (1986), Oliver Cromwell (2001) and numerous essays on the history of utopian and radical thought. He is currently  co-editing Textual Moments in the History of Political Thought (2018) with John Morrow. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Davis, J. C.

    Pages 1-13

  • Radicalism in a Traditional Society: The Evaluation of Radical Thought in the English Commonwealth 1649–1660

    Davis, J. C.

    Pages 15-38

  • Reassessing Radicalism in a Traditional Society: Two Questions

    Davis, J. C.

    Pages 39-74

  • Conquering the Conquest: The Limits of Non-Violence in Gerrard Winstanley’s Thought

    Davis, J. C.

    Pages 75-91

  • Formal Utopia/Informal Millennium: The Struggle Between Form and Substance as a Context for Seventeenth-Century Utopianism

    Davis, J. C.

    Pages 93-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700
Book Subtitle
Essays on Radicalism, Utopianism and Reality
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Utopianism
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62232-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62232-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62231-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 246
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