David Parker is Emeritus Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leeds. His books include The Making of French Absolutism (1983); State and Class in Ancien Regime France. The Road to Modernity? (1996); and (as editor) Revolutions and the Revolutionary Tradition in the West, 1560-1991, Routledge, 2000.
Offers a glimpse into some of the early debates inside the History Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain, whose members included Christopher Hill, Rodney Hilton and Eric Hobsbawm. This book focuses on the debates of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century section of the group and their work on ideology and absolutism.
Introduction: Ideology, Absolutism and the English Revolution: Debates of the British Communist Historians 1940-1956 Documents 1-16: Absolutism1. Amended Draft: The English Revolution 1640 (R. Palme Dutt)2. Absolutism in England (Christopher Hill)3. The Pokrovsky Controversy (Christopher Hill and Brian Pearce)4. Discussion on the Problem of Absolutism (Academic Board of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR)5. Theses for Discussion on Absolutism No 2: The Tudor State in English History (Victor Kiernan)6. Theses for Discussion on Absolutism, 4: A note on Feudalism (Brian Pearce)7.Comments on V. G. Kiernan's Theses on Absolutism as far as these discuss Feudalism (Rodney Hilton)8. Note on Merchant Capital (Victor Kiernan)9. Note in Reply to Kiernan on Merchant Capital (Maurice Dobb)10. Note on the Origin of the Tudor State (Victor Kiernan)11. Brief Definition of Feudalism (Rodney Hilton)12. The Basis and Character of Tudor Absolutism (History Group discussion)13. Discussion on Absolutism (Group Minutes July 1947)14. Discussion on Absolutism (continued) (Minutes January 1948)15. Postscript (Absolutism) (Victor Kiernan)16. State and Revolution in Tudor and Stuart England (16th-17th century section)Documents 17-26: Ideology17. Some Notes on the Changes in the Mode of Production in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century (Maurice Dobb)18. The English Bourgeois Revolution and Ideology (Christopher Hill)19. Notes on Science and the Battle of Ideas in the English Revolution (Stephen Mason)20. Notes on Science and the Battle of Ideas in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (2) (Stephen Mason)21. Bourgeois Ideology after 1660 (Christopher Hill)22. Calvinism and the Bourgeoisie (Christopher Hill & G de N. Clark)23. Calvinism and the Transition from Medieval to Modern (Victor Kiernan)24. The role of ideology in the 16th and 17th centuries (Minutes of the 17th Century Section)25. The German Reformation (Roy Pascal)26. Notes on Religion and Class Struggles in France during the Sixteenth Century (Mervyn James)Appendix 1: Note on the Organisation of the History GroupAppendix 2: Extant Papers and Minutes Relating to the 16th & 17th century section of the History GroupAppendix 3: Discussion Meetings of the 16th & 17th Centuries Section and Aggregate Meetings of all Sections 1947-1958 Appendix 4: Biographical Appendix of Contributors to the Discussions of the 16th & 17th Century Section