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Freedom of speech, 1500-1850

Robert Ingram, Jason Peacey, and Alex W. Barber


This book offers historical reappraisals of freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the early modern anglophone world. Prompted by modern debates about whether or not limitations on free expression might be necessary given religious pluralism and concerns about hate speech, it brings together historians, political theorists and literary scholars, and offers a longue durée approach to the topic. 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 ... More

Keywords: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, early modernity, modernity, secularisation, censorship, licensing, print culture, political ideas, political culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526147103
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526147110


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Ingram, editor
Ohio University

Jason Peacey, editor
University College London

Alex W. Barber, editor
Durham University

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