Lord Churchill's Coup: The Anglo-American Empire and Glorious Revolution Reconsidered

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Overview

In Lord Churchill's Coup, Stephen Saunders Webb further advances his revisionist interpretation of the British Empire in the seventeenth century. Having earlier demonstrated that the Anglo-American empire was classic in its form, administered by an army, committed to territorial expansion, and motivated by a crusading religion, Webb now argues that both England and its American social experiments were the underdeveloped elements of an empire emerging on both sides of the Atlantic and that the pivotal moment of that empire, the so-called "Glorious Revolution," was in fact a military coup driven by religious fears.

Webb further advances his revisionist interpretation of the British Empire in the 17th century by arguing that both England and its American social experiments were the underdeveloped elements of an empire emerging on both sides of the Atlantic. He further shows that the so-called Glorious Revolution was in fact a military coup driven by relgious fears. Illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Continuing the provocative reappraisal of the Anglo-American empire last explored in his 1676: The End of American Independence (LJ 5/15/84), Webb argues that there was no "Glorious Revolution"; what occurred in 1688 was a military coup led by John Churchill (later duke of Marlborough). Webb's insistence that parliament and the colonial assemblies were bit players in this struggle is unconvincing; his iconoclasm at times leads to annoying overstatement, e.g., he labels Louis XIV the "French Hitler." The strengths of his very interesting book are its well-documented demonstration of personal and institutional ties among political and military leaders throughout the empire, the attention it focuses on the military's role in the revolution, and Webb's argument that Britain and its colonies must be studied side by side. For informed readers and scholars.-William B. Robison, Southeastern Louisana Univ., Hammond
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Having argued in his 1976 The Governors-General that Anglo-America of 16th and 17th centuries was an empire administered by the army officer corps, Webb (history, Syracuse) now recasts what is grandly known as The Glorious Revolution--1688 in England and 1689 in America--as a military coup fueled by religious fear that sparked a century-long war for American empire. John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough is his principal character. Knopf published the first edition in 1995. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Gilbert Taylor
Webb offers an exhaustively researched appraisal of a key figure, John Churchill, in the fall of James II from the throne and the consolidation of parliamentary government. It was his desertion that sealed James' fate, and the author explores the ramifications throughout the nascent English empire of that adroit withdrawal of loyalty. Webb builds up to that point with the story of Churchill's career, which flourished on his native military talents and James' patronage. The years 168588 were the hinge: at first Churchill was staunchly loyal, bloodily suppressing the Protestant duke of Monmouth's challenge to James' accession. But the drift of English and international politics was away from the catholicizing James, a champion of absolutism and alliance with the Sun King in France. Webb's thesis avers that beneath the specifics to the climax of the religio-power struggle (with each regiment's revolt duly footnoted), an aggressive English imperialism was straining at the bit, to be released by the invitation of Churchill and others to William of Orange to invade. Best for dedicated students to engage Webb's idea that the Glorious Revolution was not a revolution but a military coup.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394549804
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/31/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.65 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Bk. I A Soldier's Schools
Ch. 1 The "Handsome Englishman": 1667-1679 13
Ch. 2 In James Stuart's Service: 1675-1683 37
Bk. II Lord Churchill's Ingratitude
Ch. 3 Rebellion and Empire: 1683-1687 77
Ch. 4 Lord Churchill's Coup: 1686-1688 124
Bk. III Army and Revolution
Ch. 5 The Coup in the Colonies: 1689-1690 171
Ch. 6 A Decade of Dissent: 1689-1698 226
Epilogue 266
Appendix: Inglorious Revolution: The Channel Fleet in 1688 271
Note on Dates 287
Note on Documentary Citations 289
Notes 291
Index 383
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