Freedom, today perceived simply as a human right, was a continually contested idea in the early modern period. In Freedom and the Construction of Europe an international group of scholars explore the richness, diversity and complexity of thinking about freedom in the shaping of modernity. Volume 1 examines debates about religious and constitutional liberties, as well as exploring the tensions between free will and divine omnipotence across a continent of proliferating religious denominations. Debates about freedom have been fundamental to the construction of modern Europe, but represent a part of our intellectual heritage that is rarely examined in depth. These volumes provide materials for thinking in fresh ways not merely about the concept of freedom, but how it has come to be understood in our own time.
Truly world-class team of contributors assembled by two of the world's leading historians of ideas
Discussion ranges across the length and breadth of Europe, exploring a wide range of thinkers, political systems and Protestant, Catholic and Islamic states
Sheds fresh light on a neglected part of Europe's intellectual heritage, which is as resonant today as in centuries past
Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London.
Martin van Gelderen held the Chair of European Intellectual History at the European University from 2003 until 2012 and is now Director of the Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Introduction Martin van GelderenPart I. Religious Freedom and Civil Liberty:
Index of subjects.