Counter-Revolution: The Second Civil War and Its Origins, 1646-8

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For all the vast literature on the English Revolution, the Second Civil War has been largely neglected. Robert Ashton, author of the standard history, The English Civil War, now provides a detailed account of the period from the end of the First Civil War in 1646 to late 1648, on the eve of the trial and execution of Charles I. A work of formidable erudition and depth of research, it reveals the origins of the Second Civil War to be as complex, significant and interesting as those of the First. Unlike previous ...
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For all the vast literature on the English Revolution, the Second Civil War has been largely neglected. Robert Ashton, author of the standard history, The English Civil War, now provides a detailed account of the period from the end of the First Civil War in 1646 to late 1648, on the eve of the trial and execution of Charles I. A work of formidable erudition and depth of research, it reveals the origins of the Second Civil War to be as complex, significant and interesting as those of the First. Unlike previous studies, which concentrate on the growth of radical movements along the road to regicide and republicanism, Ashton's study focuses on the neglected area of conservatism and counter-revolution. Just as historians of the First Civil War have sought to explain how a weakened king was able to rally sufficient resources to go to war in 1642, so this book explains how royalists, decisively defeated in 1646, found the support to take up arms in 1648. Ashton's analysis is conducted on a regional, county and national basis and also takes in developments in Wales, Scotland and, to a lesser extent, Ireland. He asks not only why so many Scotsmen who had fought alongside the English Roundheads entered the second war on the king's side in 1648, but emphasizes the disastrous split within the Scottish political nation which resulted from this. And he explores not only why former supporters of parliament deserted their allies and embraced the royalist cause in 1648, but also why others did not. Having explained why, after two years of uneasy peace, England was again convulsed by civil war in 1648, the book closes with a consideration of the main characteristics of insurgency in the Second Civil War and the reasons for, and consequences of, its failure.
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The author of the standard history, The English Civil War, extends his inquiry to the narrow waist of peace between when King Charles I was decisively defeated by Parliamentary forces and when he took up the struggle again apparently as strong as ever. Ashton focuses on the forces of conservatism, the individuals and parties that fought with the Parliament the first time around, but switched sides when hostilities broke out again in 1648. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300061147
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements
Note on Abbreviations and Dating
Introduction 1
I The Failure of Settlement June 1646-February 1648 7
II Disillusionment and Alienation: I. No Peace Dividend 43
III Disillusionment and Alienation: II. Revolutionary Illegality 81
IV Petitions and Politics 117
V The Army and Counter-Revolution 159
VI The Revival of Royalism 197
VII The Survival of Anglicanism 229
VIII Presbyterians and Royalists 267
IX Presbyterians and Engagers 300
X Premonitory Plots and Outbursts 339
XI Reformadoes and Turncoats 379
XII The Second Civil War in Perspective 423
XIII Conclusion 476
Index 481
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