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Book Title: Milton and the English Revolution|
The author of the book: Christopher Hill
ISBN 13: 9780571111701
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 28.12 MB
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: January 31st 1979
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Let me begin by expressing my great admiration for Dr. Hill's scholarship; he's searched every nook and cranny of Milton's works and Milton scholarship to come up with this wonderful work. This book is a magisterial attempt to interpret Milton as a revolutionary firebrand whose ideas were influenced, and in conversation with, the radicals of his day--as well as Scripture and the classics. Hill argues that Milton was not the pious Puritan painted by history (indeed how can anyone hold this philistine view after reading Milton?), but rather an outgoing and pleasant human being who also had the honor of being the greatest revolutionary thinker operating in Britain till Marx and Engels in the 19th century.
Read information about the authorJohn Edward Christopher Hill was the pre-eminent historian of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English history, and one of the most distinguished historians of recent times. Fellow historian E.P. Thompson once referred to him as the dean and paragon of English historians.
He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. During World War II, he served in the Russian department of the British Foreign Office, returning to teach at Oxford after the war.
From 1958-1965 he was University Lecturer in 16th- and 17th-century history, and from 1965-1978 he was Master of Balliol College. He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the British Academy. He received numerous honorary degrees over the course of his career, including the Hon. Dr. Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1979.
Hill was an active Marxist and a member of the Communist Party from approximately 1934-1957, falling out with the Party after the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian uprisings of 1956.
In their obituary, The Guardian wrote of Hill:
"Christopher Hill…was the commanding interpreter of 17th-century England, and of much else besides.…it was as the defining Marxist historian of the century of revolution, the title of one of the most widely studied of his many books, that he became known to generations of students around the world. For all these, too, he will always be the master." [http://www.theguardian.com/news/2003/...]
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