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The English Revolution, 1642-1649
Kennedy, D. E. (Donald Edward), 1928-
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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ix, 171 pages ; 23 cm.
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This animated and sometimes impassioned account of the English Civil War and revolution discloses the fractured mosaic of English society: the war between King and Parliament; the quarrels and debates within the Army; the Army takeover of Parliament; the attempted counter-revolution the City of London; and the intense factionalism which prevented the cessation of war from becoming a settled peace. The author also explores the symbolism of Charles I's execution, the "Great Debates" about theproper limits of the King's authority and his obligations to God, Parliament, and the people, and the "great divide" in English politics which makes neutral writing about this period impossible. The book also offers insights to the well-informed. Lively and readable, with an ear for the haunting call of "the poorest he in England" amid the hue and cry of battle and the war of words in which the future of the republic was lost.

Author Notes

D. E. Kennedy is a Principal Fellow of the Department of History at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

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Choice Review

This combined narrative and analysis of the English Revolution may be the best, most concise book on the subject available. Kennedy's introduction briefly but effectively provides the background to the conflict in the years 1625 to 1642. Throughout the book, Kennedy describes the multitude of tensions as they arose and intertwined. He also elucidates the great debates of the day, e.g., on the proper limits of royal authority or where sovereignty lay, incorporating the best scholarship on the subject. The author is especially good on the politics of the military and the influence of the military on politics. There are two problems with this book. The first is that its conciseness makes it dense and requires some previous knowledge of the events to keep all of the various individuals and ideas straight. The second, and this is a serious flaw, is that the book is chock-full of place names of battles but lacks a map for a student's reference. However, anyone who reads this book, undergraduate or graduate, will come away with a better, more nuanced understanding of the English Civil War. All collections. J. J. Butt; James Madison University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 The War for King and Parliament, 1642-6p. 10
The Threshold of Warp. 10
Preparations for Warp. 14
The First Civil War, 1642-6p. 21
Peace Negotiations, 1642-6p. 35
Irelandp. 41
Breaking the Sealp. 45
2 Interregnum, 1646-7p. 47
3 The Army in Debatep. 64
4 The Second Civil Warp. 90
5 Regicide and Republic, January-March 1649p. 116
Notesp. 141
Further Readingp. 156
Indexp. 165