Andrew Bradstock, Radical Religion in Cromwell’s England: a Concise History from the English Civil War to the End of the Commonwealth (London; New York: I.B. Tauris, 2011) is a popular history of the Civil War period, based on secondary sources, with chapters on the Baptists, Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, Quakers, Fifth Monarchists and Muggletonians. Edward Vallance, A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries: the Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedoms (London: Abacus, 2010) is a popular history of radical movements in Britain from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. The section on the English Civil War pays attention to Gerrard Winstanley and the Levelers, though only makes brief references to Quakers.
A more scholarly approach to the religious and intellectual turmoil of the English Civil War is taken by Achsah Guibbory, Christian Identity, Jews, and Israel in Seventeenth-Century England, (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). This study contains numerous references to the thought and writings of Quakers and those close to Quakers, including Gerrard Winstanley, Margaret Fell, George Fox, and Anna Trapnel.
Brian Drayton, James Nayler Speaking (Pendle Hill Pamphlet 413, Wallingford, Pa.: Pendle Hill Publications, 2011) provides an introduction to reading the works of seventeenth century Friend James Nayler (1617?–1660) for a modern audience. Amanda Lawrence, “Quakerism and Approaches to Mental Affliction: a Comparative Study of George Fox and William Tuke,” Quaker Studies, 15.2 (March 2011), 152–226, compares the approaches of George Fox (1624–1691) to William Tuke (1734–1822), seeing both religious similarities and practical differences in approach.
Several recent studies concern Quakers in early Pennsylvania. Andrew R. Murphy, “Persecuting Quakers?: Liberty and Toleration in early Pennsylvania,” in The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America, edited by Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, p. 143–165) examines the Keithian schism in Pennsylvania in the 1690s. Rae Tyson, “Our First Friends, the Early Quakers,” Pennsylvania Heritage 37.2 (Spring 2011), 26–33, provides an overview of Pennsylvania Friends in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and includes a discussion on the form and functions of Quaker meetinghouses. Barry Levy, “Levelers and Fugitives: Runaway Advertisements and the Contrasting Political Economies of Mid-Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts and Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania History, 78.1 (Winter 2011), 1–32, includes a consideration of the labor systems favored by ethnic and religious bodies, including Quakers. Peter John Riedel, Quakers, Indians, and Modernity in Colonial Pennsylvania: Cultural and Racial Conflict in the Seven Years War (Thesis (M.A.)—California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2009) looks at conflict between Quakers and their neighbors in the 1750s and 1760s.
John Woolman and the Affairs of Truth: the Journalist’s Essays, Epistles, and Ephemera, edited by James Proud (San Francisco: Inner Light Books, 2010) brings together in a single volume and in chronological order all the known essays, epistles and other works of Woolman intended for general readers, excluding the Journal. Some of this material has not been published before. Robert Proud, the editor, includes historical introductions to each of the texts. Jonathan D. Sassi, “With a Little Help from the Friends: The Quaker and Tactical Contexts of Anthony Benezet’s Abolitionist Publishing,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 135.1 (January 2011), 33–71, is a close analysis of the publication and distribution of Benezet’s anti-slavery writings from the 1750s to 1780s and their influence in both Great Britain and America.
Dear Friend: Letters & Essays of Elias Hicks, edited by Paul Buckley (San Francisco: Inner Light Books, 2011) is a transcription of the manuscript letters and several essays by Elias Hicks (1748–1830), with added footnotes, identification of scriptural citations, appendices explaining Quaker terms and structures, definitions of archaic and unfamiliar words and phrases, and biographical sketches.
Margaret Nicola Abruzzo, Polemical Pain: Slavery, Cruelty, and the Rise of Humanitarianism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) examines the controversy over the cruelty of slavery in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with abolitionists denouncing slavery as cruel while proslavery activists maintaining...