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Old Whigs

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The list author says: "These books provide the clearest introduction to Whig history and ideas, with an emphasis on the commonwealth tradition. For more information on Whigs, please visit www.newindependentwhig.blogspot.com."
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
"A very readable discussion of the writers who inspired the Founders."
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
"Especially valuable for the chapters "Whig Science of Politics" and "Republicanism." Outstanding scholarship."
Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution
Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution
"McDonald's book focuses on the pamphlets and persuasive writings that circulated among the colonies shortly before the War of Independence."
1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C)
1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C)
"A useful introduction to the status of monarchy under Charles I, and the political events that gave birth to the Whig Party."
Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration
Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration
"One of the most important influences on the Founders' political thinking, John Locke is a must-read for anyone studying classical republicanism."
Discourses
Discourses
"Sadly, Machiavelli is remembered for his satirical book 'The Prince' and his name has become synonymous with the bad behavior described in that book. Machiavelli was not merely a satirist but an important republican philosopher, cited by Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson among others."
Cato's Letters, Or, Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious, and Other Important Subjects (2 Vol. Set)
Cato's Letters, Or, Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious, and Other Important Subjects (2 Vol. Set)
"This collection of writings was cited by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as one of the most important books for Americans to read. 'Cato's Letters' is a favorite among Libertarians, but is impressively misunderstood by them."
The Radicalism of the American Revolution
The Radicalism of the American Revolution
"One of the truly best histories of the revolutionary period. A Pulitzer Prize winner."
Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman, The
Eighteenth-Century Commonwealthman, The
"One of the few books to offer a comprehensive account of the "commonwealthmen" who were an important influence on later Whig thinking."
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
"Franklin was both an astute observer of and a leading contributor to revolutionary fervor among the American colonists, and Brand is outstanding in his revelations and reasoning regarding Franklin."
The Tree of Commonwealth, 1450-1793
The Tree of Commonwealth, 1450-1793
"Put this beside Robbins' "The 18th Century Commonwealthman" and "Oceana" and you will have a nearly complete picture of commonwealth thinking."
The Commonwealth of Oceana
The Commonwealth of Oceana
"Harrington helped articulate the ideal of commonwealth republicanism in this book."
Discourses Concerning Government (Liberty Fund Studies in Political Theory)
Discourses Concerning Government (Liberty Fund Studies in Political Theory)
"Put to death for his political views, Algernon Sidney was an outspoken opponent of monarchy. His writings presage those of his better-known protege, John Locke."
The English Revolution, 1688-1689
The English Revolution, 1688-1689
"Recommended by Steven Pincus; he calls this a fine example of Whig history, and there's nothing wrong with that."