The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2018-07-05
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This Handbook brings together leading historians of the events surrounding the English revolution, exploring how the events of the revolution grew out of, and resonated, in the politics and interactions of the each of the Three Kingdoms--England, Scotland, and Ireland. It captures a shared British and Irish history, comparing the significance of events and outcomes across the Three Kingdoms. In doing so, the Handbook offers a broader context for the history of the Scottish Covenanters, the Irish Rising of 1641, and the government of Confederate Ireland, as well as the British and Irish perspective on the English civil wars, the English revolution, the Regicide, and Cromwellian period.

The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution explores the significance of these events on a much broader front than conventional studies. The events are approached not simply as political, economic, and social crises, but as challenges to the predominant forms of religious and political thought, social relations, and standard forms of cultural expression. The contributors provide up-to-date analysis of the political happenings, considering the structures of social and political life that shaped and were re-shaped by the crisis. The Handbook goes on to explore the long-term legacies of the crisis in the Three Kingdoms and their impact in a wider European context.

Author Biography

Michael J. Braddick was educated at Cambridge University where he took both his BA and PhD degrees. Before coming to Sheffield in 1990, he taught at the University of Alabama and Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from 2009-2013. Braddick has held visiting positions at the Huntington Library, California, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, and at the University of Adelaide. He has published widely on aspects of state formation and popular politics, the English revolution, and the growth of the British Atlantic world.

Table of Contents

1. Civil war and revolution in England, Scotland and Ireland, Michael J. Braddick
2. Post-Reformation Politics, or on not Looking for the Long-Term Causes of the English Civil War, Peter Lake
3. The Rise of the Covenanters, 1637-1644, Julian Goodare
4. The Collapse of Royal Power in England, 1637-1642, Richard Cust
5. The Irish Rising, Joseph Cope
6. War and politics in England and Wales 1642-1646, Michael J. Braddick
7. Scottish Politics, 1644-1651, Laura A. M. Stewart
8. The Centre Cannot Hold: Ireland 1643-1649, Micheal O Siochru
9. The regicide, Philip Baker
10. Security and Reform in England's Other Nations 1649-1658, Derek Hirst
11. English politics in the 1650s, David L. Smith
12. The Restoration in Britain and Ireland, Tim Harris
Institutions and Actors
13. Oliver Cromwell, J. C. Davis
14. Parliaments and Constitutions, David L. Smith
15. The Armies, Andrew Hopper
16. The Revolution in Print, Jason Peacey
17. State and Society in the English Revolution, Stephen K. Roberts
18. Urban Citizens and England's Civil Wars, Phil Withington
19. Crowds and Popular Politics in the English Revolution, John Walter
20. 'Gender trouble': Women's agency and gender relations in the English Revolution, Ann Hughes
21. State, politics and society in Scotland, 1637-1660, R. Scott Spurlock
22. State, politics and society in Ireland, 1641-1662, Toby Barnard
Parties, Ideas and People
23. The Persistence of Royalism, Alan Cromartie
24. Varieties of Parliamentarianism, Rachel Foxley
25. Political thought, Ted Vallance
26. Religious Thought, John Coffey
27. 'May you live in interesting times': The literature of Civil War, Revolution and Restoration, Steven N. Zwicker
28. The Art and Architecture of War, Revolution and Restoration, Timothy Wilks
Wider Perspectives
29. The Long-Term Consequences of the English Revolution: Economic and Social Development, John Miller
30. The Long-Term Consequences of the English Revolution: State Formation, Political Culture, and Ideology, Mark Knights
31. Cultural Legacies: The English Revolution in Nineteenth-Century British and French Literature and Art, Laura Lunger Knoppers
32. The English Revolution in British and Irish context, John Morrill
33. Kingdom Divided: the British and Continental European Conflicts Compared, Peter H. Wilson

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