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  • Title: Liberty Against the Law: Some Seventeenth-Century Controversies
  • Author: Christopher Hill
  • ISBN: 9780140240337
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback

  • In the plays and popular folklore of the 17th and 18th centuries are many expressions of liberty against the law there are the colorful beggars of The Jovial Crew who are no worse than the eminent politicians the ballads of Robin Hood personify the opposition between the freedom of the outlaw in the woods and the status constraints on the society man.Christopher Hill cIn the plays and popular folklore of the 17th and 18th centuries are many expressions of liberty against the law there are the colorful beggars of The Jovial Crew who are no worse than the eminent politicians the ballads of Robin Hood personify the opposition between the freedom of the outlaw in the woods and the status constraints on the society man.Christopher Hill considers how the peasantry was effected by enclosures, the loss of many traditional rights, and draconian punishments for minor transgressions These expressions of contempt for the law challenge the equation of law with property and begin to pose the question, Freedom for Whom Wrote Keith Thomas in The Guardian, Hill must have read of the literature written in and about 17 century England than anyone who has ever lived He misses nothing.
    Christopher Hill
    John Edward Christopher Hill was the pre eminent historian of sixteenth and seventeenth century English history, and one of the most distinguished historians of recent times Fellow historian E.P Thompson once referred to him as the dean and paragon of English historians.He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford During World War II, he served in the Russian department of the British Foreign Office, returning to teach at Oxford after the war.From 1958 1965 he was University Lecturer in 16th and 17th century history, and from 1965 1978 he was Master of Balliol College He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the British Academy He received numerous honorary degrees over the course of his career, including the Hon Dr Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1979.Hill was an active Marxist and a member of the Communist Party from approximately 1934 1957, falling out with the Party after the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian uprisings of 1956.In their obituary, The Guardian wrote of Hill Christopher Hill was the commanding interpreter of 17th century England, and of much else besides it was as the defining Marxist historian of the century of revolution, the title of one of the most widely studied of his many books, that he became known to generations of students around the world For all these, too, he will always be the master theguardian news 2003


    Commentaires:

    Ed
    In Early Modern England justice was at war with property; property emerged victorious. Christopher Hill asks the questions 'whose law?' and 'whose liberty?' The loosely structured series of essays explore a common theme: how the rise of Parliament and the rule of law masked the cold-blooded seizure of power by the upper classes, people who thought liberty was synonymous with property. Paupers faced being whipped out of town. Poor villagers entitled to grazing on common lands became totally depen [...]

    DoctorM
    Nicely done look at the ways "law"--- the establishment after 1640 of what would later become a Whig view of liberty: absolute property rights, judicial supremacy over custom, the elevation of the idea of the nation as built on the propertied classes ---crushed much of what was thought of by the rural poor as their liberty to use the commons, to have a claim to village and parish relief, to avoid being subjected to wage-labour that reduced them to someone's else's tools. Hill looks at vagabonds, [...]

    Lauren Albert
    A really excellent look at the conflict between liberty and law in the 17th-century. I had been hesitant to read this because of the author's Marxism and my fear of being hammered over the head with his politics. But it is not until the conclusions that Hill's political opinions become explicit. We will leave aside the issue of how much of this conflict is still present and not just a historical artifact though it is clear where Hill's opinion lays. This packs an amazing amount of material in a [...]

    Jack
    A great discussion of the shifting meaning of liberty and freedom in Civil War era Great Britain. Through reading popular culture and other sources, Hill effectively charts the impact of the rise of capitalism in Britain, looking at its impact upon various outsider groups (pirates, vagabonds, highwaymen etc.).

    Dallas Dallas
    I haven't read Liberty Against the Law, and won't until I learn more from reviewers (though I had to give it at least one star in order to ask a question of readers).Has Christopher Hill written a balanced history? Has he told readers of all the decent land-owners, squires, and Parliamentarians as well as the many villainous ones? From the reviews I read, I think not. Hearing both sides enriches my understanding. A careful selection of information that persuades readers to the writer’s beliefs [...]

    Mike Hayden
    A great literary history of the ideas of liberty, freedom, "the people" surrounding The British Civil War, and how these have extended into today. Originally wanted to read Hill's "The World Turned Upside Down" but local library didn't have a copy, am glad this was there though. Would have given 5 stars except Hill's style is at times jolting as he moves from ideas and persons. Also, his stringing together of quotes and topics looses coherence as his thesis is lost and found throughout the vario [...]

    Vikas Datta
    Quite an interesting piece of research which indicates the rule of law as we know it has not been so universal as thought and oligarchic systems have quite been the norm

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