Freedom of Speech, 1500-1850 (Politics) (Paperback)

Freedom of Speech, 1500-1850 (Politics) By Robert Ingram (Editor), Jason Peacey (Editor), Alex W. Barber (Editor) Cover Image
By Robert Ingram (Editor), Jason Peacey (Editor), Alex W. Barber (Editor)
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This collection brings together historians, political theorists and literary scholars to provide historical perspectives on the modern debate over freedom of speech, particularly the question of whether limitations might be necessary given religious pluralism and concerns about hate speech. It integrates religion into the history of free speech and rethinks what is sometimes regarded as a coherent tradition of more or less absolutist justifications for free expression. Contributors examine the aims and effectiveness of government policies, the sometimes contingent ways in which freedom of speech became a reality and a wide range of canonical and non-canonical texts in which contemporaries outlined their ideas and ideals. Overall, the book argues that while the period from 1500 to 1850 witnessed considerable change in terms of both ideas and practices, these were more or less distinct from those that characterise modern debates.

About the Author

Robert G. Ingram is Professor of History at Ohio University Jason Peacey is Professor of Early Modern British History at University College LondonAlex W. Barber is Assistant Professor of Early Modern British History at Durham University

Product Details
ISBN: 9781526167064
ISBN-10: 1526167069
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Politics