Foundations of Political Economy: Some Early Tudor Views on State and Society
Neal WoodISBN: 0520081455; 9780520081451;
Conventional wisdom claims that the seventeenth century gave birth to the material and ideological forces that culminated in the Industrial Revolution and the rise of capitalism. Not true, according to Neal Wood, who argues that much earlier reformersDudley, Starkey, Brinklow, Latimer, Crowley, Becon, Lever, and Thomas Smith, as well as the better-known More and Fortescuelaid the groundwork by fashioning an economic conception of the state in response to social, economic and political conditions ofEngland. Wood's innovative study of these early Tudor thinkers, who upheld the status quo yet condemned widespread poverty and suffering, will interest historians, political scientists, and social and political theorists.