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Government and Politics: Themed Custom Text

Broadview anthologies include many readings suitable for courses focused on the representation of government and politics in literature. If you are teaching a course in this area, we invite you to pick and choose among the available readings to assemble a custom text that suits your course needs.

Please note: This list is meant to provide options for instructors assembling custom texts, and it is not intended to be used in its entirety. 

Selections from other Broadview books can also be added to your custom text. This includes material from other Broadview anthologies, as well as selections from any of our more than 400 stand-alone editions, from The History of the Kings of Britain to Leviathan, and from Utopia to Gulliver’s Travels. You can add selections from these other books by navigating through the titles listed under the “Books” tab at top. If the selection or book you wish to add is not listed there (or if you’d rather work directly with a person to assemble your custom text), please contact our Custom Text Coordinator at custom@broadviewpress.com.

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    Gildas, from The Ruin of Britain
    Gildas
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    Bede, from Ecclesiastical History of the English People
    Bede
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    from The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
    Joseph Black et al.
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    Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, Alfred’s “Preface” to the Old English Version of Gregory the Great’s Pastoral Care
    Alfred the Great, King of Wessex
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    Wulfstan, Sermo Lupi ad Anglos
    Wulfstan
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    Geoffrey of Monmouth, from A History of the Kings of Britain
    Geoffrey of Monmouth
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    from Contexts: The Crises of the Fourteenth Century: “The Hundred Years’ War”
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    from Contexts: The Crises of the Fourteenth Century: “The Uprising of 1381”
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    Thomas Hoccleve, “Ballad on the Re-Burial of King Richard II”
    Thomas Hoccleve
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    Wynnere and Wastoure
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    From Introduction to the Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century: The Reformation in England
    Joseph Black et al.
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    From Introduction to the Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century: Wales, Scotland, Ireland
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    From Introduction to the Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century: Economy and Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
    Joseph Black et al.
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    From Introduction to the Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century: The Stuarts and the Civil Wars
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    Thomas More from Utopia: The Best State of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia
    Thomas More
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    Sir Thomas Wyatt, Epistolary Satire 149, Song 123: Who list his wealth and ease retain
    Sir Thomas Wyatt
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    In Context: English Invasions of Ireland
    Joseph Black et al.
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    Castiglione/Hoby, from The Courtier
    Baldassare Castiglione
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    Elizabeth I, Queen of England (all selections)
    Elizabeth I, Queen of England
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    Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (all selections)
    Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
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    King James I, from A Speech to the Lords and Commons of the Parliament at White-Hall
    King James I
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    Ben Jonson, The Masque of Blackness
    Ben Jonson
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    John Smith, from The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles
    John Smith
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    Wahunsonacock (Powhatan) [Discourse of Peace and War] (from John Smith, General History of Virginia)
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    Thomas Hobbes, from Leviathan
    Thomas Hobbes
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    Contexts: Governance, Obedience, Dominion
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    Anne Clifford, from The Knole Diary
    Anne Clifford
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    Andrew Marvell, “An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland”
    Andrew Marvell
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    Katherine Philips, “Upon the Double Murder of King Charles,” “On the Third of September, 1651”
    Katherine Philips
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    Contexts: Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, and Covenanters
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    Contexts: Civil War
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    John Milton, “To the Lord General Cromwell” “On the Late Massacre in Piedmont” from Areopagitica
    John Milton
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    From Restoration and the Eighteenth Century: Religion, Government, and Party Politics
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    John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem
    John Dryden
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    John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, “A Satire on Charles II,” “Impromptu on Charles II”
    John Wilmot
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    Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal
    Jonathan Swift
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    Alexander Pope, “Windsor-Forest”
    Alexander Pope
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    John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera
    John Gay
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    James Thomson, “Rule, Britannia”
    James Thomson
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    From Contexts: Transatlantic Currents: American Independence
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    Contexts: The Abolition of Slavery
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    Thomas Paine, All Selections
    Thomas Paine
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    William Blake, “A Song of Liberty,” “London”
    William Blake
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    William Blake, “London”
    William Blake
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    Contexts: The French Revolution
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    Contexts: The Napoleonic Era
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    Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    Mary Wollstonecraft
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    William Wordsworth, “I Griev’d for Buonaparte”
    William Wordsworth
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    William Wordsworth, “To Toussaint L’Ouverture”
    William Wordsworth
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    William Wordsworth, “London 1802”
    William Wordsworth
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    Contexts: Slavery and its Abolition (romantic volume)
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    Lord Byron, Prometheus, “When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home”
    Lord Byron
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    Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias,”
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    Percy Bysshe Shelley, from Prometheus Unbound
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Mask of Anarchy
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    Percy Bysshe Shelley, In Context: The Peterloo Massacre
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    In Context: Politics, Poetry, and the “Cockney School Debate”
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    Thomas Carlyle, from The French Revolution, from Past and Present
    Thomas Carlyle
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    From Contexts: Work and Poverty: From Elizabeth Bentley, “Testimony before the 1832 Committee on the Labour of Children in Factories”
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    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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    Matthew Arnold, from Culture and Anarchy
    Matthew Arnold
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    Mary Ann Shadd, A Plea for Emigration
    Mary Ann Shadd
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    William Morris, “How I Became a Socialist”
    William Morris
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    Rudyard Kipling, “Recessional” “The White Man’s Burden”
    Rudyard Kipling
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    Contexts: Britain, Empire, and a Wider World (Vol 5)
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    From Introduction: The Early Twentieth Century [The Edwardian Period, The World Wars, Ideology and Economics]
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    Thomas Hardy, “Channel Firing”
    Thomas Hardy
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    Rupert Brooke, “The Soldier”
    Rupert Brooke
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    Contexts: War and Revolution (Vol. 6)
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    William Butler Yeats, “Easter 1916,”
    William Butler Yeats
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    William Butler Yeats, “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen”
    William Butler Yeats
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