Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. W. M. Spellman
    Pages 1-7
  3. W. M. Spellman
    Pages 8-33
  4. W. M. Spellman
    Pages 34-66
  5. W. M. Spellman
    Pages 67-102
  6. W. M. Spellman
    Pages 103-134
  7. W. M. Spellman
    Pages 135-170
  8. W. M. Spellman
    Pages 171-181
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 182-208

About this book


The European seventeenth century saw the seeming resolution of two great conflicts.
Through the nightmares of the Thirty Years War and the British civil wars, the murderous religious hatreds that had dominated the previous period finally burnt themselves out. Extreme Protestants were defeated, expelled, contained or subordinated, and Catholicism successfully re-established itself through much of Europe as the dominant religion.
Dr. Spellman studies all the great political theorists of the century (dominated inevitably by Hobbes). This book will be invaluable for anyone studying seventeenth century European history - it allows those studying the thought of the period to understand the historical context, and those studying the military and political events to understand their intellectual underpinning.


civil war conflict constitution Europe European history history monarchy political thought Protest Thomas Hobbes

Authors and affiliations

  • W. M. Spellman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaAshevilleUSA

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