By Steve Pincus
For 200 years historians have considered England’s wonderful Revolution of 1688–1689 as an un-revolutionary revolution—bloodless, consensual, aristocratic, and peculiarly, brilliant. during this amazing 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 used to be a ecu occasion, that it came about over a few years, no longer months, and that it had repercussions in India, North the US, the West Indies, and all through continental Europe. His wealthy historic narrative, according to plenty of recent archival examine, strains the transformation of English international coverage, non secular tradition, and political economic system that, he argues, used to be the meant outcome of the revolutionaries of 1688–1689.
James II constructed a modernization application that emphasised centralized regulate, repression of dissidents, and territorial empire. The revolutionaries, against this, took good thing about the recent monetary probabilities to create a bureaucratic yet participatory nation. The postrevolutionary English country emphasised its ideological holiday with the prior and anticipated itself as carrying on with to adapt. All of this, argues Pincus, makes the fantastic Revolution—not the French Revolution—the first really smooth revolution. This wide-ranging publication reenvisions the character of the wonderful Revolution and of revolutions normally, the reasons and results of commercialization, the character of liberalism, and eventually the origins and features of modernity itself.
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1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C) (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History) by Steve Pincus