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By Steve Pincus

For 200 years historians have seen England’s excellent Revolution of 1688–1689 as an un-revolutionary revolution—bloodless, consensual, aristocratic, and primarily, brilliant. during this remarkable 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 ancient narrative, in response to plenty of recent archival learn, strains the transformation of English international coverage, non secular tradition, and political financial system that, he argues, used to be the meant end result of the revolutionaries of 1688–1689.

James II built a modernization application that emphasised centralized keep watch over, repression of dissidents, and territorial empire. The revolutionaries, against this, took good thing about the recent monetary chances to create a bureaucratic yet participatory country. The postrevolutionary English nation emphasised its ideological holiday with the earlier and expected itself as carrying on with to adapt. All of this, argues Pincus, makes the wonderful Revolution—not the French Revolution—the first actually sleek revolution. This wide-ranging e-book reenvisions the character of the fantastic Revolution and of revolutions ordinarily, the reasons and effects of commercialization, the character of liberalism, and finally the origins and features of modernity itself.

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