1688: The First Modern Revolution

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Yale University Press, May 14, 2014 - History - 662 pages
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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.--From publisher description.
 

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Review: 1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)

User Review  - Gavin Newton - Goodreads

History as it should be written. Gives a lucid account of the events of 1688 but the real strength of this book is the broad sweep of the context he puts this first revolution into. His theory about revolutions is challenging and thought provoking. If you like British history this is a must read. Read full review

Review: 1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)

User Review  - Stuart - Goodreads

Pincus provides a thorough presentation of evidence on why the Glorious Revolution should be considered the first modern revolution, and that it is more instrumental to the forming of modern Britain ... 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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