Thomas Hobbes And John Locke

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By the second half of the 17th Century, England would experience one of the bloodiest conflicts in its history, ultimately serving to influence some of the most phenomenal political philosophers in Europe --Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke. England was in constant unrest, choosing new forms of government almost on a whim in desperate attempts to restore order in the Country. The English Civil War in 1642 etched a legacy of dread in the people of England, and the war only appeared more disastrous and fruitless when it became apparent the new Puritanical regime was just as irresponsible as the previous regime by Charles I and his predecessor James I. Therefore, when the Glorious Revolution arrived in 1588, England was relieved that the Government was finally adapting to advocate the toleration and the security of civil liberties on a grander scale. No longer would rulers attempt to mimic the authority of Louis XIV and other absolute monarchs. However, without the historical events that had occurred in England, it is unclear whether England 's present form of government--nor any Republic thereafter--would be the same because the historical events which influenced the political philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke were derived mainly from a combination of elements from the English Civil War, The Leveller Movement, The Puritanical Dictatorship, or Louis XIV’s reign.
Locke’s own political notions were shaped by the principles of previous legislative-support organizations

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