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JOHN STREATER AND THE SAXON REPUBLIC

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John Streater syncretized republicanism and ancient constitutionalism in order to generate ideas of Saxon republicanism for the Commonwealth of England. His intellectual resources were developed during his service in the New Model Army and in proximity to the Leveller John Lilburne. He published James Harrington's The Commonwealth of Oceana in 1656 and, although Streater disagreed with Harrington's claim that the ancient constitution was moribund, he engaged sympathetically with Harrington's republicanism. Streater’s career as printer and republican pamphleteer, which resulted in distinctly anti-Protectorate and populist publications, represented an attempt to inculcate Saxon republicanism among London’s artisan-citizens using the printing press.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2018

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