Thomas Paine is a unique political thinker who has continued to attract scholarly and popular attention from the time he wrote about both the American and French Revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century. This collection brings together the most recent essays debating the meaning and relevance of Paine's works. It includes an historiographical survey of scholarship about Paine and articles by the leading authorities in the field. The essays survey his life, analyze his ideas, place them in their social and intellectual context, and appraise their significance today.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction. Part I Survey of the Literature: Thomas Paine: a survey of research and criticism since 1945, A. Owen Aldridge; The lifelong education of Thomas Paine (1737-1809): some reflections upon his acquaintance among books, Caroline Robbins. Part II Tom Paine and the History of Political Ideas: The moral economics of Tom Paine, William Christian; Thomas Paine: 'prepare in time an asylum for mankind', Bernard Bailyn; A note on Common Sense and Christian Eschatology, Stephen Newman; Nature and revolution in Paine's Common Sense, Jack Fruchtman; From liberalism to radicalism: Tom Paine's Rights of Man, Gary Kates; Paine and Burke: God, nature and politics, Ian Harris; Thomas Paine: ransom, civil peace, and the natural right to welfare, John W. Seaman; Paine's Agrarian Justice and the secularisation of natural jurisprudence, Gregory Claeys. Paine and Republican Ideology: Thomas Paine's apostles: radical emigr and the triumph of Jeffersonian republicanism, Michael Durey; Radical Lockeanism in American political culture, Richard J. Ellis; English republicanism in the 1790s, Mark Philp. Paine and the Social History of Ideas: Ideology and the origins of liberal America, Gordon S. Wood; The American Revolution and the transformation of English republicanism, Arthur Sheps; Religion and radicalism: English political theory in the age of revolution, Isaac Kramnick; Paine, America and the 'modernization' of political consciousness, Jack P. Greene. Literary Analyses of Paine's Writings: The commonalties of Common Sense, Robert A. Ferguson; Style and identification in Common Sense, Elaine K. Ginsberg; Familial politics: Thomas Paine and the killing of the King, 1776, Winthrop D. Jordan; Tom Paine and American loneliness, Martin Roth; Parasiting America: the radical function of heterogeneity in Thomas Paine's early writings, Molly Anne Rothenberg. Paine in Radical History: Radicals and the making of American democracy: toward a new narrative of