Change and Continuity in Seventeenth-Century England

Change and Continuity in Seventeenth-Century England : Revised Edition

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In this book one of England's most distinguished historians explores the causes and consequences of the English Revolution, the years from 1640 to 1660 when the triumph of Protestantism encouraged a questioning of authority in English political, economic, social, religious and intellectual life. This was a decisive period in the evolution of the modern world, an essential precondition of England's becoming the first industrial nation. Hill considers both material and intellectual aspects of the Revolution, discussing, for example, the relationship between Protestantism and the rise of capitalism; the ideological attacks on divinity, law and medicine; and the entry of the 'Many-Headed Monster' - the masses - into politics. First published in 1974 and now available in paper, the book has been revised by the author to take into account subsequent scholarship in the field. 'Like all Hill's work, this volume is not only distinguished and accomplished, but deeply humane.' John Kenyon, Observer 'Hill's contribution to seventeenth-century English history has been enormous. This book, like all his others, is informative, stimulating, provocative, and most welcome.' John Miller, Times Higher Education Supplement Christopher Hill is the pre-eminent historian of seventeenth-century England. He was Master of Balliol College, Oxford, from 1965 to 1978 and Visiting Professor at the Open University. He is the author of numerous books, including 'The Century of Revolution', 'The World Turned Upside Down', 'Milton and the English Revolution' and 'A Turbulent, Seditious and Factious People: John Bunyan and His Church'.show more

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  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 134.9 x 216.2 x 26.4mm | 527.51g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0300050445
  • 9780300050448
  • 932,961

Table of contents

Part 1 Changing relationships - London and the outlying regions: Puritans and "The Dark Corners of the Land"; arise Evans - Welshman in London. Part 2 Change in continuity - some fundamental ideas: Protestantism and the rise of capitalism; "Reason and "Reasonableness". Part 3 Continuity in change - divinity, law, medicine: the radical critics of Oxford and Cambridge in the 1650s; the Inns of Court; the medical profession and its radical critics. Part 4 Change in continuity - some social attitudes: the many-headed monster; a one-class society?; pottage for freeborn Englishmen - attitudes to wage-labour; men as they live their own history. Part 5 Change out of continuity: Sir Isaac Newton and his more

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