1688: The First Modern Revolution

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Yale University Press, 2009 - History - 662 pages
11 Reviews
"Historians have viewed England's Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689 as an un-revolutionary revolution--bloodless, consensual, aristocratic, and above all, sensible. Steve Pincus refutes this traditional view. He demonstrates that England's revolution was a European event, that it took place over a number of years, and that it had repercussions in India, North America, the West Indies, and throughout continental Europe. His rich narrative, based on new archival research, traces the transformation of English foreign policy, religious culture, and political economy that, he argues, was the intended consequence of the revolutionaries of 1688-1689. James II's modernization program emphasized centralized control, repression of dissidents, and territorial empire. The revolutionaries, by contrast, took advantage of the new economic possibilities to create a bureaucratic but participatory state, which emphasized its ideological break with the past and envisioned itself as continuing to evolve. All of this, argues Pincus, makes the Glorious Revolution--not the French Revolution--the first truly modern revolution." -- Publisher's description.
  

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Review: 1688: The First Modern Revolution

User Review  - Robert Wilson - Goodreads

The British Revolution of 1688 - 1689 has often been portrayed as a mild, almost non-event, and a mostly religious conflict. Steve Pincus portrays a revolution that was indeed revolutionary, made a ... Read full review

Review: 1688: The First Modern Revolution

User Review  - Philip Chaston - Goodreads

A strong and argumentative historian. Would it be fair to say that many may reject the Glorious Revolution as the first modern revolution, because its components campaigned in favour of rather than against capitalism? A paean to revisionism. Read full review

Contents

PART II PREREVOLUTIONARY ENGLAND
47
PART III REVOLUTION
219
PART IV REVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMAT I ON
303
PART V CONCLUSION
435
Abbreviations
487
Notes
489
Manuscripts Consulted
619
Index
631
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