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Author Boswell, Caroline (Professor of History), author

Title Disaffection and everyday life in interregnum England / Caroline Boswell
Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : Boydell Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 285 pages) : 2 illustrations
Series Studies in early modern cultural, political and social history ; volume 29
Studies in early modern cultural, political and social history ; v. 29
Summary "How did ordinary English men and women respond to the transformations that accompanied the regicide, the creation of a republic, and the rise of the Cromwellian Protectorate? This book uncovers grassroots responses to the tangible consequences of revolution, delving into everyday practices, social interactions, and power struggles as they intersected with the macro-politics of regime change. Tussles at local alehouses, encounters with excise collectors in the high street, and contests over authority at the marketplace reveal how national politics were felt across the most ordinary of activities. Using a series of case studies from counties, boroughs, and the London metropolis, Boswell argues that factional discourses and shifting power relations complicated social interaction. Localized disaffection was broadcast in newsbooks, pamphlets, and broadsides, shaping political rhetoric that refashioned grassroots grievances to promote royalist desires. By uniting disparate people who were alienated by the policies of interregnum regimes, this literature helped to create the spectre of a unified, royalist commons that materialized in the months leading up to Charles II's Restoration. Such agitation - from disaffected mutters to ritualistic violence against officials - informed the broad political culture that shaped debates over governance during one of the most volatile decades in British history"--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Political participation -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- History -- Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1787441474 (electronic bk.)
9781787441477 (electronic bk.)