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The History of England from the Accession of James II

The History of England from the Accession of James II


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Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–59) was one of the foremost nineteenth-century historians in the Whig tradition, which saw history as a series of developments towards enlightenment and democracy. He believed that the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 had preserved England from the constitutional upheavals suffered by much of Europe in 1848. Using a wider range of sources, including popular literature, than was then usual, and written in an accessible, novelistic rather than academic style, this five-volume work proved hugely influential upon contemporary historians and phenomenally successful with the public, although it was not without its critics. Volume 5 was unfinished at the author's death; the text was edited by Macaulay's sister, Lady Trevelyan, and published in 1861. It covers the period from 1697 until 1702, and includes a description of the death, in 1702, of William, regarded by Lady Trevelyan as her brother's hero.

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ISBN-13: 9781108036030
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 17th and 18th Centuries Series
Pages: 782
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The conduct of those who restored the house of Stuart unjustly censured; 3. Great change in the state of England since 1685; 4. Death of Charles the Second; 5. Whig refugees on the continent; Index.

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