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A variety of publications have grown out of the seminars, conferences, and symposia sponsored by the Center. The Folger Institute maintains a complete list of all materials published by the Center for the History of British Political Thought.


Gordon J. Schochet, ed.  Proceedings of the Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought. with Patricia E. Tatspaugh and Carol Brobeck. Washington, D.C.: Folger Institute, 1990–1993. v. 1.

From a seminar directed by John Guy; Reformation, Humanism, and "Revolution," v. 2.

From a seminar directed by Donald R. Kelley; Law, Literature, and the Settlement of Regimes, v. 3.

From a seminar directed William Lamont; Religion, Resistance, and Civil War, v. 4.

From a seminar directed by Howard Nenner; Restoration, Ideology, and Revolution, v. 5.

From a seminar directed by N.T. Phillipson; Politics, Politeness, and Patriotism, v. 6.


David Armitage, ed. British political thought in history, literature and theory, 1500-1800. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Glen Burgess. Absolute Monarchy and the Stuart Constitution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

S.J. Connolly, ed. Political Ideas in Eighteenth-Century Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000.

Roger A. Mason, ed. Scots and Britons: Scottish Political Thought and the Union of 1603. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Michael Mendle, ed. The Putney Debates of 1647: The Army, The Levellers, and the English State. Edinburgh: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Sean Moore. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814. Oxford University Press, 2019.

Hiram Morgan, ed. Political Ideology in Ireland, 1541–1641.Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999.

Jane Ohlmeyer, ed. Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland: Kingdom or Colony. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Linda Levy Peck, ed. The Mental World of the Jacobean Court. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

J.G.A. Pocock. "The History of British Political Thought: The Creation of a Center." Journal of British Studies 24 (1985): 283–310.

From a seminar directed by J.G.A. Pocock; Empire and Revolutions.

J.G.A. Pocock, ed., with the assistance of Gordon J. Schochet and Lois G. Schwoerer. The Varieties of British Political Thought, 1500–1800. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

John Robertson, ed. A Union for Empire: Political Thought and the British Union of 1707. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Lois G. Schwoerer, ed. The Revolution of 1688–1689: Changing Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Hilda Smith, ed. Women Writers and the Early Modern British Political Tradition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.