Britain in Revolution: 1625-1660

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Britain in Revolution is the story of the cataclysmic events in England, Scotland, and Ireland that broke the course of royal government for two decades and more. Austin Woolrych evokes the drama of the Civil Wars, the clashes of conviction and emotion that they engendered, their impact on the lives of the people, and the wealth of new ideas generated by the breakdown of the old order in church and state. His brilliant narrative interweaves the history of the three kingdoms and peoples, illuminating the fast-moving story with astute analysis and penetrating insight.
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"Austin Woolrych has now written probably the only book on the English Civil War that you are ever likely to need... he brings to the subject a detailed grasp of the culture of the times and a vivid understanding of the turbulent mid-seventeenth century mind. All this is diluted in this this is distilled in this massive volume, and the result is an absolute triumph...Those to whom the story is unfamiliar will be impressed by the freshness with which it with which it is told. The scholarship is immense and faultless without being heavy or intrusive. By the end, the reader is left in no doubt that every source has been tapped that could have been."--Literary Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199272686
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 826
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

I: Background and Beginnings 1625-1640
1. King Charles's Inheritance, i: Three Kingdoms, Three Peoples
2. King Charles's Inheritance, ii: The Matter of Religion
3. The New Reign
4. Storm over Scotland
5. The Bishops' Wars
II: War in Three Kingdoms 1640-1646
6. Climacteric
7. Three Kingdoms in Crisis
8. The Blast of War
9. The Conflict Widens
10. Towards a Resolution
III: Towards a Kingless Britain 1646-1649
11. Between Two Wars
12. Climacteric II: 'Not a Mere Mercenary Army'
13. The Second Civil War
14. Quest for a Settlement
IV: the Commonwealth 1649-1653
15. The Commonwealth at War
16. The Commonwealth in Crisis
17. 'A Story of My Own Weakness and Folly'?
V: Cromwell's Protectorate 1653-1658
18. A New Order in Three Nations
19. The First Phase of Cromwellian Rule
20. 'A Single Person and a Parliament'
21. Royalists in Arms, Swordsmen in the Saddle
22. King or Constable?
23. The Protectorate in Scotland, Ireland, and Europe
24. Unfinished Business
VI: The Collapse of the Good Old Cause 1658-1660
25. The Overthrow of the Protectorate
26. The Commonwealth Restored
27. The Monarchy Restored Epilogue Further Reading Index

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