Introduction; 1. The Renaissance background; 2. Scepticism, stoicism and raison d'etat; 3. The spread of the new humanism; 4. The alternatives; 5. Hugo Grotius; 6. The English Revolution; 7. Thomas Hobbes; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Major new study of European political thought in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
'This is at once a most elegant survey and a highly original work.
... this book will be recognised as the most fertile history of
political thought in the early modern period.' Ian Harris, Journal
of Political Studies
"On the whole this is a stimulating, exciting treatment of the evolution of political thought. It should stimulate even more interesting work in the future by pointing our attention in productive directions." Steven Rowan, Renaissance Quarterly