Thomas More's Utopia


In the early 16th century there were many political, economic, legal, military, diplomatic and religious problems in European society. The book Utopia, by Thomas More suggests several ways to improve society. This Utopian society, which at first glance appears to be an advancement, actually has several disadvantages.
Politically there were many problems. For example, the kings abused the power they had, not only politically, but in other aspects of society as well. Most Kings were "more interested in the science of war...than in useful peacetime techniques." Much time was spent forming armies and the forming war plans. In addition, the Kings displayed difficulty in changing ...

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became the cause of other societal problems such as poverty, vagrancy and theft. This problem was worsened by the ruling class. The tendency of the upper class was to "keep bleeding them (lower class) white by constantly raising their rents." The economically sound Kings had outrageous spending habits and brought in money by "raising the value of currency when the King has to pay money out and lowering it abnormally when payments are due." Any means by which money could be incurred was acceptable to the Kings, even dishonesty. This only means more poverty and the societal problems that follow it. More expressed these economic problems throughout the book.
The legal system in Europe was less than desirable. "Stern measures that were then being taken against thieves," were more than likely capital punishment. Hanging was a way of punishing the offender and avoiding looking at the actual reasons for the theft. The people would not be stealing if they had enough food. There ...

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