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By Mary Nyquist

ISBN-10: 022601553X

ISBN-13: 9780226015538

ISBN-10: 022627179X

ISBN-13: 9780226271798

Slavery seems to be as a figurative build through the English revolution of the mid-seventeenth century, and back within the American and French revolutions, whilst radicals signify their remedy as a kind of political slavery. What, if whatever, does figurative, political slavery need to do with transatlantic slavery? In Arbitrary Rule, Mary Nyquist explores connections among political and chattel slavery via excavating the culture of Western political proposal that justifies actively opposing tyranny. She argues that as robust rhetorical and conceptual constructs, Greco-Roman political liberty and slavery reemerge on the time of early sleek Eurocolonial enlargement; they assist to create racialized “free” nationwide identities and their “unfree” opposite numbers in non-European countries represented as inhabiting an previous, privative age.

               

Arbitrary Rule is the 1st booklet to take on political slavery’s discursive complexity, enticing Eurocolonialism, political philosophy, and literary experiences, components of research too frequently saved aside. Nyquist proceeds via analyses not just of texts which are canonical in political thought—by Aristotle, Cicero, Hobbes, and Locke—but additionally of literary works by way of Euripides, Buchanan, Vondel, Montaigne, and Milton, including various colonialist and political writings, with detailed emphasis on tracts written in the course of the English revolution. She illustrates how “antityranny discourse,” which originated in democratic Athens, used to be followed by way of republican Rome, and revived in early glossy Western Europe, supplied contributors of a “free” group with a way of protesting a threatened relief of privileges or of consolidating a collective, political identification. Its semantic complexity, in spite of the fact that, additionally enabled it to legitimize racialized enslavement and imperial expansion.

               

Throughout, Nyquist demonstrates how ideas in terms of political slavery and tyranny are sure up with a Roman jurisprudential doctrine that sanctions the facility of existence and loss of life held via the slaveholder over slaves and, via extension, the country, its representatives, or its legislation over its citizenry.

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