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Zagorin, Perez

Works: 49 works in 302 publications in 3 languages and 12,824 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Church history  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other
Classifications: DA395, 320.942
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Most widely held works by Perez Zagorin
The court and the country; the beginning of the English Revolution by Perez Zagorin( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 1977 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How the idea of religious toleration came to the West by Perez Zagorin( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Religious intolerance, so terrible and deadly in its recent manifestations, is nothing new. In fact, until after the eighteenth century, Christianity was perhaps the most intolerant of all the great world religions. How Christian Europe and the West went from this extreme to their present universal belief in religious toleration is the momentous story fully told for the first time in this timely and important book by a leading historian of early modern Europe. Perez Zagorin takes readers to a time when both the Catholic Church and the main new Protestant denominations embraced a policy of endorsing religious persecution, coercing unity, and, with the state's help, mercilessly crushing dissent and heresy. This position had its roots in certain intellectual and religious traditions, which Zagorin traces before showing how out of the same traditions came the beginnings of pluralism in the West. Here we see how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century thinkers--writing from religious, theological, and philosophical perspectives--contributed far more than did political expediency or the growth of religious skepticism to advance the cause of toleration. Reading these thinkers--from Erasmus and Sir Thomas More to John Milton and John Locke, among others--Zagorin brings to light a common, if unexpected, thread: concern for the spiritual welfare of religion itself weighed more in the defense of toleration than did any secular or pragmatic arguments. His book--which ranges from England through the Netherlands, the post-1685 Huguenot Diaspora, and the American Colonies--also exposes a close connection between toleration and religious freedom. A far-reaching and incisive discussion of the major writers, thinkers, and controversies responsible for the emergence of religious tolerance in Western society--from the Enlightenment through the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights--this original and richly nuanced work constitutes an essential chapter in the intellectual history of the modern world
Francis Bacon by Perez Zagorin( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He demonstrates Bacon's historic importance as a prophetic thinker, who, at the edge of the modern era, predicted that science would be used to prolong life, cure diseases, invent new materials, and create new weapons of destruction. Finally, the book examines Bacon's writings on such subjects as morals, politics, language, rhetoric, law, and history. Zagorin shows that Bacon was one of the great legal theorists of his day, an influential philosopher of language, and a penetrating historian."--Jacket
Thucydides : an introduction for the common reader by Perez Zagorin( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a concise, readable introduction to the Greek author Thucydides, who is widely regarded as one of the foremost historians of all time. Why does Thucydides continue to matter today? Perez Zagorin answers this question by examining Thucydides' landmark History of the Peloponnesian War, one of the great classics of Western civilization. This history, Zagorin explains, is far more than a mere chronicle of the conflict between Athens and Sparta, the two superpowers of Greece in the fifth century BCE. It is also a remarkable story of politics, decision-making, the uses of power, and the human and communal experience of war. Zagorin maintains that the work remains of permanent interest because of the exceptional intellect that Thucydides brought to the writing of history, and to the originality, penetration, and the breadth and intensity of vision that inform his narrative. The first half of Zagorin's book discusses the intellectual and historical background to Thucydides' work and its method, structure, and view of the causes of the war. The following chapters deal with Thucydides' portrayal of the Athenian leader Pericles and his account of some of the main episodes of the war, such as the revolution in Corcyra and the Athenian invasion of Sicily. The book concludes with an insightful discussion of Thucydides as a thinker and philosophic historian. Designed to introduce both students and general readers to a work that is an essential part of a liberal education, this book seeks to encourage readers to explore Thucydides--one of the world's greatest historians--for themselves."--Publisher's description
Rebels and rulers, 1500-1660 by Perez Zagorin( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rebels and Rulers, 1500-1660 is a comparative historical study of revolution in the greatest royal states of Western Europe during the sixteenth and the first half of the seventeenth centuries. Revolution as a general problem and the causes and character of revolution in early modern Europe have been among the most widely discussed and debated topics in history and the social sciences since the 1940s. Although the subject of social and political unrest and revolution in the early modern period has received much attention, and despite the existence of a very large literature devoted to particular revolutions of the time, no one has attempted the broad comparative synthesis that is given by Professor Zarogin in this study. Volume I of Rebels and Rulers presents a critical discussion of different concepts and interpretations of revolution, including Marxism. It reviews previous attempts to deal with early modern revolutions and suggests a typology appropriate to the latter. It then provides an extensive survey of the historical context in which these revolutions occurred: the social structures of orders and estates, the political system of monarchy and the process of absolutist state building, economic trends and fluctuations, and ideology. The volume concludes with a detailed treatment of peasant rebellions, especially in Germany and France, and with an equally close look at urban rebellions in France and the possessions of the Spanish monarchy, including the revolution of the Comuneros in Castile
A History of political thought in the English Revolution by Perez Zagorin( Book )

34 editions published between 1954 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture and politics from Puritanism to the Enlightenment( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy, science, and religion in England, 1640-1700 by science and religion in England 1640-1700 Philosophy( Book )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays looks at the distinctively English intellectual, social and political phenomenon of Latitudinarianism, which emerged during the Civil War and Interregnum and came into its own after the Restoration, becoming a virtual orthodoxy after 1688. Dividing into two parts, it first examines the importance of the Cambridge Platonists, who sought to embrace the newest philosophical and scientific movements within Church of England orthodoxy, and then moves into the later seventeenth century, from the Restoration onwards, culminating in essays on the philosopher John Locke. These contributions establish a firmly interdisciplinary basis for the subject, while collectively gravitating towards the importance of discourse and language as the medium for cultural exchange. The variety of approaches serves to illuminate the cultural indeterminacy of the period, in which inherited models and vocabularies were forced to undergo revisions, coinciding with the formation of many cultural institutions still governing English society
Ways of lying : dissimulation, persecution, and conformity in early modern Europe by Perez Zagorin( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and German and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The religious persecution and intellectual intolerance of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries compelled many heterodox groups and thinkers to resort to misdirection, hidden meaning, secrecy, and deceit. In this highly unusual interpretation, Perez Zagorin traces the theory and practice of religious leaders, philosophers, intellectuals, and men of letters who used deception to cloak dissident beliefs. Zagorin surveys some of the chief sources of early modern doctrines of dissimulation in the Bible and the works of theologians from Jerome and Augustine to Erasmus, Luther, and Calvin. Subjects covered include Nicodemism, the name given by Calvin to secret Protestants who concealed their faith behind a facade of conformity to Catholic worship; crypto-Judaism in Spain; and the hidden beliefs of English Catholics. Other topics include the Catholic doctrine of mental reservation; the place of dissimulation in English Protestant casuistry; occultism; and dissimulation of religious unbelief among philosophers and men of letters. In charting the widespread phenomenon of lying and deceit and by exploring its evolutions, Perez Zagorin has made an important contribution to the historiography of an intellectually roiling and perilous time. He adds a vital dimension to our understanding of the religious, intellectual, and cultural history of the epoch before the modern. Lacey Baldwin Smith finds this hook "an impressive and scholarly work of cultural synthesis that coins a fresh label for the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: the age of dissimulation. Zagorin's efforts to compare and contrast Catholic and Protestant styles of dissimulation and Nicodemism are important, casting a new perspective and focus on the religious and intellectual dissent of the era."
Hobbes and the law of nature by Perez Zagorin( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some basic Hobbesian concepts. The law of nature; Hobbes's critique of the natural law tradition; Natural rights -- Enter the law of nature. Human nature; The state of nature or man's natural condition; The precepts of the law of nature; Natural rights and the creation of the commonwealth; Consent, fear obligation, and populism -- The sovereign and the law of nature. The theory of sovereignty; The liberty of subjects; Hobbes's very moral sovereign -- Hobbes, the moral philosopher. Self and others; obligation; Is and ought; Religion and toleration; Conclusion
Milton : aristocrat & rebel : the poet and his politics by Perez Zagorin( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This account of Milton's political philosophy is set in the closest relationship to his personal and intellectual history as a political man during the English revolution, the decisive event of his life and time. Perez Zagorin follows Milton's mind in its political manifestations from his earlier poetry before the outbreak of revolt against the Stuart monarchy, through his activity as a passionate partisan and revolutionary publicist in the decades 1640-1660, to his final work as an epic poet following the revolution's failure and the restoration of Charles II in 1660. Throughout his life, Milton saw his political beliefs and his idea of the poet as prophet and teacher of nations as being inseparable; the principle of aristocracy linked to virtue also played a prominent part in his moral and political philosophy and helps to explain many of his enduring attitudes and values. His successive political writings and basic conceptions as a rebel against the existing political and religious order, thoughtfully traced in this study, demonstrate the fundamental continuity in his political values in spite of the disillusion he experienced in his political life, and ensure his place in the English republican tradition
Court, country, and culture : essays on early modern British history in honor of Perez Zagorin( Book )

12 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These timely studies explore political theory and the English Revolution, the revisionist debates over the court and the country, and the role of Laudian policies in the years prior to the Civil War. The volume also explores aristocratic rule in 17th century England as compared to that of the Polish Commonwealth, the resonance of political events in literary culture, Hobbes's theory of passions, the role of the gentle apprentice in London, and the problem of religious dissent in the 17th century
The English Revolution : politics, events, ideas by Perez Zagorin( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rebels and rulers, 1500-1660 by Perez Zagorin( Book )

14 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rebels and rulers, 1500-1660 by Perez Zagorin( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revueltas y revoluciones en la Edad Moderna by Perez Zagorin( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in Spanish and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the limits of history : essays on theory and practice by Keith Jenkins( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keith Jenkins' work on historical theory is renowned; this collection presents the essential elements of his work over the last fifteen years
Rebels and rulers, 1500-1600 : society, states, and early modern revolution by Perez Zagorin( Book )

3 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rebels and Rulers, 1500-1660 by Perez Zagorin( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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How the idea of religious toleration came to the West
Alternative Names
Perez Zagorin American historian

Perez Zagorin Amerikaans historicus (1920-2009)

Perez Zagorin historiador estadounidense

Perez Zagorin historiador estatunidenc

Wilson, Joseph C.

Wilson, Joseph Charles

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Francis BaconThucydides : an introduction for the common readerRebels and rulers, 1500-1660A History of political thought in the English RevolutionPhilosophy, science, and religion in England, 1640-1700Ways of lying : dissimulation, persecution, and conformity in early modern EuropeHobbes and the law of natureCourt, country, and culture : essays on early modern British history in honor of Perez Zagorin