New PDF release: 1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series

By Steve Pincus

For 2 hundred years historians have seen England’s excellent Revolution of 1688–1689 as an un-revolutionary revolution—bloodless, consensual, aristocratic, and particularly, good. during this terrific 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 few 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, according to plenty of latest archival learn, strains the transformation of English overseas coverage, spiritual tradition, and political economic system that, he argues, was once the meant final result of the revolutionaries of 1688–1689.

James II built a modernization application that emphasised centralized regulate, repression of dissidents, and territorial empire. The revolutionaries, against this, took good thing about the recent fiscal chances to create a bureaucratic yet participatory nation. The postrevolutionary English nation emphasised its ideological holiday with the earlier and predicted 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 booklet reenvisions the character of the wonderful Revolution and of revolutions as a rule, the factors and effects of commercialization, the character of liberalism, and finally the origins and features of modernity itself.

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