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Utopias of the British enlightenment

Author: Gregory Claeys
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge texts in the history of political thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first major collection of eighteenth-century British utopias. Seven tracts, spanning the century, show how the image of the ideal society was used as a form of social criticism, and particularly as a means of focussing on ideas of progress and commercial development. Radical and republican thinking about property ownership, social equality, and commerce and luxury - of particular relevance to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Utopian fiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Claeys
ISBN: 0521430844 9780521430845 0521455901 9780521455909
OCLC Number: 28547953
Description: xli, 305 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: The island of content: or, a new paradise discovered (1709) / Anon --
A description of New Athens in Terra Australis Incognita (1720) / Anon --
Idea of a perfect commonwealth (1752) / David Hume --
An account of the first settlement, laws, form of governement, and police of the Cessares, a people of South America (1764 / James Burgh --
Memoirs of planetes, or a sketch of the laws and manners of Makar (1795) / Thomas Northmore --
The commonwealth of reason (1795) / William Hodgson --
Bruce's voyage to Naples (1802) / Anon.
Series Title: Cambridge texts in the history of political thought.
Responsibility: edited by Gregory Claeys.
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