Protestantism and Patriotism: Ideologies and the Making of English Foreign Policy, 1650-1668

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Protestantism and Patriotism is a detailed study of the first two Anglo-Dutch Wars (1652-1654 and 1665-1667) and the ideological contexts in which they were fought. It differs from other treatments of English foreign policy in this period by emphasizing that diplomacy, trade and warfare cannot be studied in isolation from domestic culture. It also insists, unlike most studies of domestic politics in the period, that England's place in Europe and the wider world was central to political and cultural developments in this revolutionary age.

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"...Pincus's superb analysis will command attention as a valuable resource in several larger debates." Choice

"Protestantism and Patriotism is an important work that should be of more than passing interest to American colonialists." David William Voorhees, William and Mary Quarterly

"Steven C. Pincus has produced an important is a rewarding treasure trove for specialists, and marks the debut of a scholar who sheds considerable new light on England's varying conceptions of itself and the world in the mid-seventeenth century." Edward Gregg, American Historical Review

"Suitable for graduate and specialist libraries." D.G. Paz, Religious Studies Review

"...elegantly written.... The view that Pincus offers is much fuller than previous ones and gives a more satisfying explanation of the intricacies of religion, politics, and commerce in seventeenth-century England." Susan Mitchell Sommers, Historian

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Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; Part 1. The Rod of the Lord: Ideology and the Outbreak of the First Anglo-Dutch War: 2. Historiographical overview; 3. The attempt at unification; 4. The road to war; Coda: the popular apocalyptic context; Part II. To Unite Against the Common Enemy: The 1654 Treaty of Westminster and the End of Apocalyptic Foreign Policy: 5. Historiographical overview; 6. The causes of the war stated; 7. Peace proposed; 8. Political upheavals and ideological divisions; 9. The rejection of apocalyptic foreign policy; 10. The Protectorate's new foreign policy; Part III. Popery, Trade and Universal Monarchy: Ideology and the Outbreak of the Second Anglo-Dutch War: 11. Historiographical overview; 12. The establishment of an Orangist foreign policy; 13. The Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1662; 14. The Northern Rebellion and the reestablishment of Anglican Royalist consensus; 15. The April 1664 trade resolution; 16. Popery, trade and universal monarchy; Part IV. The Medway, Breda and the Triple Alliance: The Collapse of Anglican Royalist Foreign Policy: 17. Historiographical overview; 18. The circulation of news and the course of the war; 19. The popular understanding of the war; 20. The government's war aims; 21. An Orangist revolution; 22. Victory denied and wartime consensus shattered; 23. The rise of political opposition; 24. The road to Chatham: the decision not to send out a battle fleet; 25. The demise of Anglican Royalist foreign policy; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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