The Levellers and the English Revolution, by H.N. Brailsford, edited by Christopher Hill

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The Levellers and the English Revolution, by H.N. Brailsford, edited by Christopher Hill
The Levellers and the English Revolution, by H.N. Brailsford, edited by Christopher Hill

Published by Spokesman Books in 1983, 715 pages. Paperback (N4360P1)

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The Levellers were a communalist movement that sprang up during the English Civil War, and this book is widely regarded as the definitive history of the movement and its role in the tumultuous period of the English Civil War, when political revolution and social change rocked the nation....

From the rear side cover: To our generation fell the good fortune of re-discovering the Levellers. To the classical liberal historians they meant rather less than nothing. This neglect is puzzling. At the crisis of the English Revolution it was from the Levellers and not from its commanders that the victorious New Model army derived its political ideas and its democratic drive. Even on a superficial glance the Levellers leaders are as personalities unusual and, indeed, unique. King Charles had Lilburne flogged as a youngster from Ludgate Hill all the way to palace Yard, and Cromwell banished him in middle age to a dungeon in far away Jersey....

But what we have rediscovered is not merely the fact that the levellers anticipated our fathers in most of the social and politial reforms of the next 300 years - the theme of this book is rather that the were, until Cromwell crushed them, dynamic pioneers who seized the initiative during the period of the revolution.

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