England's Troubles: Seventeenth-Century English Political Instability in European Context (Paperback)
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England's Troubles: Seventeenth-Century English Political Instability in European Context (Paperback)

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Paperback 560 Pages / Published: 25/05/2000
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In this path-breaking study, first published in 2000, Jonathan Scott argues that seventeenth-century English history was shaped by three processes. The first was destructive: that experience of political instability which contemporaries called 'our troubles'. The second was creative: its spectacular intellectual consequence in the English revolution. The third was reconstructive: the long restoration voyage toward safe haven from these terrifying storms. Driving the troubles were fears and passions animated by European religious and political developments. The result registered the impact upon fragile institutions of powerful beliefs. One feature of this analysis is its relationship of the history of events to that of ideas. Another is its consideration of these processes across the century as a whole. The most important is its restoration of this extraordinary English experience to its European context.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521423342
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 810 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Shot through with brilliance and an extraordinarily powerful historical intelligence.' John Morrill, University of Cambridge
'Breathtaking in its scope, magisterial in its thesis, and intellectually provocative, the work will spark widespread discussion for a very long time to come.' Richard L. Greaves, Florida State University
'We have had no interpretative synthesis as original or as comprehensive since Hill's Century of Revolution. The elegance, coherence and sweep of the approach deserve to make this book a focus of discussion for all early modernists.' Glenn Burgess, University of Hull
'... full of acute criticisms, new emphases, apt and fresh quotations ... as a myriad of particular insights and revisions, Scott offers a stimulating panorama of the whole seventeenth century, the first large-scale explanatory analysis that takes as beyond the attenuated and sterile debates over revisionism.' Kevin Sharpe, History Today
'A work of unsurpassed imagination, unrelenting originality and unabashed boldness ... It is brimming with originality and stuffed with insights that make it the most stimulating book on seventeenth-century history to have appeared in years, if not decades.' The Times Literary Supplement
'This is a work of enormous intellectual ambition ... The work certainly crackles with illuminating ideas and insights in detail ... Jonathan Scott has produced a stimulating work, often brilliant in detail and argued powerfully.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
' ... a complex, striking reading of seventeenth-century English political development which evokes vigorous disagreement and admiration in equal measure.' Parliamentary History
' ... a provocative and very valuable book, which tackles a large subject and sets the complicated history of Britain and Europe in the seventeenth century in a fresh and clear framework. ... England's Troubles should stimulate readers to reexamine the challenges presented to them by events in their own times and by the institutions that the past has bequeathed to them.' Royal Stuart Review

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