Publisher description for A rational millennium : Puritan utopias of seventeenth-century England and America / James Holstun.


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Taking a new approach to the history of utopia, this volume combines the political study of literary form with the literary study of political rhetoric. After arguing that early modern utopists, both literary and non-literary, attempt to reshape displaced populations, Holstun concentrates on
two utopian projects of the mid-17th century: the political platforms and Algonquin "praying towns" of John Eliot in Massachusetts and the republican political theory of James Harrington in Protectorate England. Moving between these projects and modern analyses of rationalization, he shows that
Puritan utopia shares the modern Western longing for universal social discipline and that it envisions this discipline as the rational means to the Millennium.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
English prose literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Utopias in literature.
English prose literature -- Puritan authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- Puritan authors -- History and criticism.
English-speaking countries -- Intellectual life -- 17th century.
American prose literature -- English influences.
England -- Intellectual life -- 17th century.
Utopias -- History -- 17th century.
Puritan movements in literature.
Puritans -- Intellectual life.
Millennialism in literature.
Rationalism in literature.
Utopias -- Great Britain.
Utopias -- United States.
Colonies in literature.