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Author Pincus, Steven C. A., author

Title 1688 : the first modern revolution / Steve Pincus
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 647 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history
Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
Contents The unmaking of a modern revolution -- Rethinking revolutions -- Going Dutch: the transformation of English society -- English politics at the accession of James II -- The ideology of Catholic modernity -- The practice of Catholic modernity -- Resistance to Catholic modernity -- Popular revolution -- Violent revolution -- Divisive revolution -- Revolution in foreign policy -- Revolution in political economy -- Revolution in the church -- Conclusion -- Assassination, association, and the consolidation of revolution -- Conclusion: the first modern revolution
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 489-617) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Great Britain -- History -- Revolution of 1688 -- Historiography.
Great Britain -- History -- Revolution of 1688 -- Social aspects.
Great Britain -- History -- Revolution of 1688.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009004607
ISBN 0300156057 (electronic bk.)
9780300156058 (electronic bk.)