The English Civil War: Conflict and Contexts, 1640-49

The English Civil War: Conflict and Contexts, 1640-49

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Edited by John William Adamson


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 20mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 16 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333986563
  • ISBN 13: 9780333986561
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,345,875

Product description

This is a new edited collection of critical essays by leading historians which synthesizes current research, and offers original views, on the English civil war.It draws on new archival findings and challenges current orthodoxies, offering a distinctly original variety of perspectives. It locates English events firmly within a broader 'three kingdoms' context. John Adamson is a prize-winning author.It is suitable for undergraduate students of History taking modules on the English Civil Wars, Early Modern Britain, or War and Society; Postgraduate students, teachers and scholars of Civil War history; General Readers; and Library Sale.John Adamson provides a new synthesis of current research on the political crisis that engulfed England in the 1640s. Drawing on new archival findings and challenging current orthodoxies, these essays by leading historians offer a variety of original perspectives, locating English events firmly within a 'three kingdoms' context.

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Author information

JOHN ADAMSON is Fellow in History at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK. His previous publications include 'The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I' (2007), which received the Samuel Pepys Award and was named as 'Book of the Year' by The Economist and The Financial Times.

Review quote

'Part of Palgrave Macmillans's excellent "Problems in Focus" series, The English Civil War, edited by John Adamson, is a fascinating collection of essays by leading scholars which now represents the best overview available of current thinking on the topic.' - Paul Lay, History Today 'John Adamson's collection brings together work by an impressive array of contributors, both established leaders in the field and rising stars...It is a fine collection, building on important scholarly work which will have an impact on our understanding of the period.' - Michael Braddick, Times Literary Supplement ' impressive collection...This is a hugely significant volume, one that invites a major reconceptualization of the field and which will be essential reading for anyone interested in the English Civil War.' -Tim Harris, Brown University, The European Legacy

Table of contents

Abbreviations Introduction - High Roads and Blind Alleys: The English Civil War and its Historiography; J.Adamson Rethinking Royalist Politics, 1642-49; D.Scott Anglicanism and Royalism in the 1640s; A.Milton Perceptions of Parliament: Faction and 'The Public'; J.Peacey The Baronial Context of the Irish Civil Wars; J.Ohlmeyer The 'Scottish Moment', 1638-45; A.I.MacInnes Centre and Locality in Civil War England; C.Holmes The Politics of Fairfax's Army, 1645-49; I.Gentles Rhetoric, Reality, and the Varieties of Civil War Radicalism; P.Baker Notes Further Reading Notes on the Contributors Index