By Steve Pincus
For 2 hundred years historians have considered England’s wonderful Revolution of 1688–1689 as an un-revolutionary revolution—bloodless, consensual, aristocratic, and exceptionally, brilliant. during this great new interpretation Steve Pincus refutes this conventional view.
By increasing the interpretive lens to incorporate a broader geographical and chronological body, Pincus demonstrates that England’s revolution was once a ecu occasion, that it came about over a couple of years, now not months, and that it had repercussions in India, North the US, the West Indies, and all through continental Europe. His wealthy historic narrative, in response to plenty of recent archival learn, strains the transformation of English international coverage, non secular tradition, and political economic system that, he argues, was once the meant end result of the revolutionaries of 1688–1689.
James II built a modernization software that emphasised centralized keep watch over, repression of dissidents, and territorial empire. The revolutionaries, in contrast, took good thing about the hot monetary chances to create a bureaucratic yet participatory kingdom. The postrevolutionary English country emphasised its ideological holiday with the earlier and estimated itself as carrying on with to conform. All of this, argues Pincus, makes the wonderful Revolution—not the French Revolution—the first actually glossy revolution. This wide-ranging e-book reenvisions the character of the wonderful Revolution and of revolutions quite often, the reasons and effects of commercialization, the character of liberalism, and eventually the origins and lines of modernity itself.
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