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England's Troubles: Seventeenth-Century English Political Instability in European Context

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Overview

Seventeenth-century English history is known best for "the English Civil War" and "the English Revolution." This highly original and wide-ranging study analyzes and explains both of these major historical events, and others, by setting them in their wider contexts in relation to political instability across the century; in relation to the history of religions and political ideas; and in relation to contemporary European events.

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Editorial Reviews

Kevin Sharpe
In a bold attempt to put the fragmented seventeenth century back together, by crossing the traditional 1660 divide and by negotiating all the recent historiographical fractures, Scott pursues the persistent causes of instability which predated and post-dated, as well as caused, the revolution. At their core he identifies the problem of a weak monarchy and state facing new threats from abroad and confessional divisions at home.

England's Troubles is in some respect a curious book. Neither textbook survey nor research monograph, it is really a long interpretative essay, if that genre can run to 500 pages. Yet this is a book full of acute criticisms, new emphases, apt and fresh quotations (from Marvel and Dryden as much as Locke) and rich insights which repay the reader's effort. Scott offers a stimulating panorama of the whole seventeenth century, the first 'large scale explanatory analysis' that takes us beyond the attenuated and sterile debates over revisionism.
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"Breathtaking in its scope, magisterial in its thesis...The work is magnificent and will spark widespread discussion for a very long time." Richard L. Greaves, Florida State University

"Shot through with brilliance and an extraordinarily powerful historical intelligence...I have been excited, challenged and awed by much that I have read." John Morrill, University of Cambridge

"We have had no interpretative synthesis as original or as comprehensive since Hill's Century of Revolution...The elegance and sweep of Scott's approach really deserves to make the book a focus of discussion for all early modernists." Glenn Burgess, University of Hull

"A work of unsurpassed imagination, unrelenting originality and unabashed boldness...It is brimming with originality and stuffed with insights that make it the most stimulating book on seventeenth-century history to have appeared in years, if not decades." Times Literary Supplement

"...this volume willprove a seminal study in reconceiving Stuart political history." American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521411929
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 560
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: experience other than our own 1
1 The shape of the seventeenth century 20
Pt. I England's Troubles 1618-89: Political Instability 41
2 Taking contemporary belief seriously 43
3 The unreformed polity 66
4 Reformation politics (1): 1618-41 89
5 Counter-reformation England 113
6 Reformation politics (2): 1637-60 135
7 Restoration memory 161
8 Restoration crisis 1678-83 182
9 Invasion 1688-9 205
Pt. II The English Revolution 1640-89: Radical Imagination 227
10 The shape of the English revolution 229
11 Radical reformation (1): the power of love 247
12 Radical reformation (2): outward bondage 269
13 Radical renaissance (1): after monarchy 290
14 Radical renaissance (2): republican moral philosophy and the politics of settlement 317
15 Radical restoration (1): 'the subjected Plaine' 342
16 Radical restoration (2): the old cause 365
Pt. III Restoration 1660-1702: Reconstruction and Statebuilding 389
17 Restoration process 391
18 First restoration 1660-78 412
19 'Second Restauration' 1679-85 434
20 Third restoration 1688-94 454
21 Anglo-Dutch statebuilding 474
Sources cited 497
Index 529
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