This paper examines how Thomas More's Utopia (1516) reflects the certain societal topics:
religion, politics and wealth, in the 1500th century England. With inspiration from Reinhart
Koselleck´s historical teoretic terms, room of experience and horizon of expectation, we
concentrate on drawing a picture of Thomas More and Utopia. Through a biographical
analysis of More and his former works, influences and entourage we try to determine his
ambiguity as a person and how it affects Utopia, hence how to interpret it. With inspiration
from the Annales School we show how our selected topics in Utopia reflects the
contemporary England. We draw parallels from these topics to show how Utopia can be seen
as a critique of these circumstances More witnessed himself.
We argue that these two analysis combined gives a new understanding of More and
Utopia. We discuss this new understanding to conclude how to understand More´s person and
his work, hence the intention with Utopia. This paper concludes that More's Utopia is a
double edge critique of certain aspects of contemporary England.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||28 maj 2018|