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Permanent Revolution

The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674987135

Publication Date: 02/18/2019


464 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 table

Belknap Press


  • Preface
  • Regnal Dates
  • Introduction
  • I. Religion as Revolution
    • 1. Revolutionary Religion
    • 2. Permanently Revolutionary Religion
  • II. Working Modernity’s Despair
    • 3. Modernizing Despair
    • 4. Modernizing Despair: Narrative and Lyric Entrapment
    • 5. Modernizing Despair’s Epic Non-Escape
  • III. Sincerity and Hypocrisy
    • 6. Pre-Modern and Henrician Hypocrisy
    • 7. The Revolutionary Hypocrite: Elizabethan Hypocrisy
    • 8. Managing Hypocrisy?: Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyan, 1689
  • IV. Breaking Idols
    • 9. Liberating Iconoclasm
    • 10. Saving Images and the Calvinist Hammer
    • 11. One Last Iconoclastic Push?
  • V. Theater, Magic, Sacrament
    • 12. Religion, Dramicide, and the Rise of Magic
    • 13. Enemies of the Revolution: Magic and Theater
    • 14. Last Judgement: Stage Managing the Magic
  • VI. Managing Scripture
    • 15. Scripture: Institutions, Interpretation, and Violence
    • 16. Private Scriptural Anguish
    • 17. Escaping Literalism’s Trap
  • VII. Liberty and Liberties
    • 18. Liberty Taking Liberties
  • Conclusion
  • Note on Texts and Citations
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Index

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