A Companion to Stuart Britain / Edition 1

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"Covering the period from the accession of James I to the death of Queen Anne, this Companion provides a magisterial overview of the 'long' seventeenth century in British history." "The Companion's chapters, each written by a leading expert, guide readers through the maze of scholarly debates about Stuart Britain. They offer new insights into the enormous changes that occurred during this time; not only the Civil War and the establishment of a Protectorate, but also the intense intellectual and religious ferment and economic transformations of the era. They also set out issues currently of interest to historians, such as the rise of the fiscal state in Britain, and interactions between an integrated England and Wales and the separate kingdoms of Scotland and Ireland." The volume will be of interest to academics and students wishing to keep up to date with new thinking on the period, but is also accessible enough to be enjoyed by a broader readership.
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"This book is state-of-the-art. It is outstanding in offering a reliable, accurate, concise and up-to-date guide to the best recent work on all the key topics in 17th century British history." BBC History Magazine

"Historians needing a succinct introduction to the historical context will find sure guidance in the three sections on political, religious and military affairs." Northern History

"As a series of review articles summarizing and analysing recent developments in the field this book stands unrivalled." Andrew J. Hopper, University of Birmingham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631218746
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/27/2003
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to British History Series , #16
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Coward is Reader in History at Birkbeck College, London. His previous publications include The Stanleys, Lords Stanley and Earls of Derby: The Origins, Wealth and Power of a Landowning Family, 1385–1672 (1983), Oliver Cromwell (1991), The Stuart Age: England 1603–1714 (second edition, 1994) and, with Christopher Durston, The English Revolution: A Sourcebook (1997). He is the President of the Cromwell Association.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Notes on Contributors
Pt. I Stuart Britain and the Wider World 1
1 The Multiple Kingdoms of Britain and Ireland: The 'British Problem' 3
2 The Making of Great Britain and Ireland 26
3 Asia, the Atlantic and the Subjects of the British Monarchy 45
Pt. II The Changing Face of Stuart Britain 67
4 The Rise of the Fiscal State 69
5 The Press and Popular Political Opinion 88
6 Gender Relations 111
7 Crime and Popular Protest 130
8 Economic and Urban Development 148
9 Literature and History 166
10 Art, Architecture and Politics 187
11 Scientific Change: Its Setting and Stimuli 214
Pt. III Stuart Britain, 1603-1642 231
12 Politics in Early Stuart Britain, 1603-1640 233
13 Religion in Early Stuart Britain, 1603-1642 253
14 Political Thought in Early Stuart Britain 271
15 The Outbreak of the Civil Wars in the Three Kingdoms 290
Pt. IV Stuart Britain, 1642-1660 309
16 The Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1642-1649 311
17 Unkingship, 1649-1660 331
18 Religion, 1640-1660 350
19 Political Thought During the English Revolution 374
Pt. V Stuart Britain, 1660-1714 397
20 Politics in Restoration Britain 399
21 Religion in Restoration England 416
22 The Revolution of 1688-1689 436
23 Politics after the Glorious Revolution 455
24 Political Thinking between Restoration and Hanoverian Succession 474
Bibliography 492
Index 530
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