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Political Writings of John Wesley (Hardcover)

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The political writings of John Wesley (1703-1791) reveal a passionate campaigner engaged throughout his life with the care of the oppressed. His life was one of great paradox: as a high-churchman and Tory, living under the instruction of the Bible, tradition set him against radical change, yet few individuals could have been more responsible for upheaval in church and society. He believed scriptures set him against the cause of democracy, yet scarcely one other single person could have contributed more to its realization. His gospel religion inflamed in him an outrage at the social and political evils of his day that was barely matched by the more explicitly radical of his contemporaries.

This volume collects addresses and pamphlets that capture Wesley's views on a variety of political subjects including the nature of political power, his response to Richard Price'sObservations on Liberty, his views on slavery, on poverty, on the secession of the American colonies, and on the luxury of the rich. Together they make clear the relevance of Wesley to subsequent developments in the abolition of slavery and the evolution of labour politics. The book features an extensive new introduction by the editor.

?includes extensive new introduction on the life of Wesley and the historical and intellectual context of the writings
?all materials are reset
?there are no modern publications of these texts apart from multi-volume collections of Wesley's entire works
?Wesley is an important figure in the study of the abolition of the slave trade

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Publisher Thoemmes Pr
Mfg Part# 9781855065543
SKU 209024768
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1855065541
Release Date 8/13/2012
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