The Civil Wars in Britain and Ireland: 1638-1651 / Edition 1by Martyn Bennett
This book provides a fresh perspective on one of the most complex and turbulent periods in the history of the British Isles. Setting the experience of Wales, Scotland and Ireland alongside England, the author examines the interplay of politics, societies and culture both within and between each of the four nations involved in the political struggles of the… See more details below
This book provides a fresh perspective on one of the most complex and turbulent periods in the history of the British Isles. Setting the experience of Wales, Scotland and Ireland alongside England, the author examines the interplay of politics, societies and culture both within and between each of the four nations involved in the political struggles of the mid-seventeenth century.
Coverage of regional histories is complemented by a full analysis of local, social histories, highlighting the effects of the wars on urban and rural communities throughout Britain. The book examines the organizations and personnel of local government during the wars, and looks at how financial and military pressures affected individuals and changed the pattern of daily life. Yet just as decisions at Westminster forced change upon the various communities of the four nations, so the actions and reactions of the local people provoked responses in central government. By examining the interactions of the "high" politics of King and Parliament and the "low" politics of local societies, the book offers a distinctive and new overview of the period.
Throughout his analysis, the author sets existing histories within their particular historiographical framework, introducing the reader to the themes and issues that have dominated interpretations of rebellion and revolution in the past. He also draws extensively from primary sources to bring individuals' experience to discussion of the period, including the accounts of local officials such as constables, churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor. The book contains a full chronology of events, a comprehensive guide to primary and secondary sources, as well as numerous maps and illustrations. It will be welcomed by students and general readers alike as the ideal, comprehensive introduction to the events and analyses of this crucial period in British history.
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Table of Contents
List of Plates.
List of Maps.
Part I: Rebellion: .
1. Britain and Ireland in 1638.
3. Parliaments in Opposition.
4. Rebellion in Ireland.
Part II: War:.
5. The Agony of Choosing Sides.
6. The Wars Develop.
7. The Costs of War.
8. Victory and Defeat.
9. War in the Celtic Nations 1644-7.
Part III: A Revolution in the Making:.
10. The Radical and Conservative Impetus.
11. Engagement to Execution.
13. A Crowning Mercy.
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