Loewenstein 1988

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"I believe that in Areopagitica Milton is highly conscious of history as a complex, dynamic process where vigorous ideological conflict and opposition generate radical reform." (77)
"it develops the notion that historical renewal occurs as a consequence of continual friction between opposing forces and ideologies" (78)

begins by addressing Parliament, who has the ability to reform and change history; drama of history as a "dynamic collaboration between Parliament's members and God" (79)

"Milton urges his countrymen to reject arbitrary precedent for a more flexible, imaginative response toward the present and future" (81)

fountain of Truth: "serves as a compelling image of history itself, a dynamic process characterized by vigorous progression rather than unhealthy stasis" (84)

thinking of history like this rouses the nation at the end of Milton's tract (90)