1st Edition

Cromwell and Communism Socialism and Democracy in the Great English Revolution

By Eduard Bernstein Copyright 1930

    Cromwell and Communism (1930) examines the English revolution against the absolute monarchy of Charles I. It looks at the economic and social conditions prevailing at the time, the first beginnings of dissent and the religious and political aims of the Parliamentarian side in the revolution and subsequent civil war. The various sects are examined, including the Levellers and their democratic, atheistic and communistic ideals.

    1. Introduction  2. England up to the Middle of the Seventeenth Century  3. Early Years of Charles I’s Reign, and John Lilburne’s Youth and First Persecutions  4. Parliament and the Monarchy  5. Parliament and the National Army, and Presbyterians, Independents and Other Sects  6. The Levellers versus the ‘Gentlemen’ Independents  7. The Struggle for Democracy and the Levellers’ ‘Agreement of the People’  8. Atheistic and Communistic Tendencies in the Levellers’ Movement  9. The ‘True’ Levellers and their Practical Communism  10. The Communistic Utopia of Gerard Winstanley  11. The Levellers’ Revolt in the Army, and Lilburne’s Last Years and Death  12. Historical Significance of Lilburne and the Levellers  13. Conspiracies and Religious Offshoots of the Popular Democratic Movement  14. Political Philosophy of the Seventeenth Century, and Hobbes and Harrington  15. Peter Cornelius Plockboy  16. The Quakers in the Seventeenth Century  17. John Bellers, Champion of the Poor and Advocate of a League of Nations


    Eduard Bernstein