Alternative Worlds Imagined, 1500-1700

Essays on Radicalism, Utopianism and Reality

  • James Colin Davis

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism book series (PASU)

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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.


utopia Thomas More radical politics English Revolution subversive thinking

Authors and affiliations

  • James Colin Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.GlasgowUnited Kingdom

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62231-6
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