The Putney Debates

18 Apr, 2013 320 Political science

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Putney Debates. For several weeks in late 1647, after the defeat of King Charles I in the first hostilities of the Civil War, representatives of the New Model Army and the radical Levellers met in a church in Putney to debate the future of England. There was much to discuss: who should be allowed to vote, civil liberties and religious freedom. The debates were inconclusive, but the ideas aired in Putney had a considerable influence on centuries of political thought.

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  • Justin Champion 11 episodes
    Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Ann Hughes 2 episodes
    Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University
  • Kate Peters 2 episodes
    Fellow in History at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Reading list

  • The Levellers: The Putney Debates
    Philip Baker (ed.) (Verso, 2007)
  • The Agreements of the People, the Levellers, and the Constitutional Crisis of the English Revolution
    Philip Baker and Elliot Vernon (eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • The Clarke Papers
    Charles Firth (ed.) (Offices of the Royal Historical Society, 1992) Google Books →
  • The Putney Debates of 1647: The Army, the Levellers and the English State
    Michael Mendle (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2001) Google Books →
  • The English Levellers
    Andrew Sharp (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 1998) Google Books →
  • Puritanism and Liberty: Being the Army Debates 1647-9
    A. S. P. Woodhouse (ed.) (Everyman Ltd, 1986) Google Books →
  • Soldiers and Statesmen: the General Council of the Army and its Debates 1647-8
    Austin Woolrych (Clarendon Press, 1987) Google Books →

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