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The Century of Revolution, 1603-1714 Reading The Century Of Revolution, 1603 1714 Christopher Hill Bassgrotto.co.uk There Is An Immense Range Of Books About The English Civil War, But One Historian Stands Head And Shoulders Above All Others For The Quality Of His Work On The Subject In 1961 Christopher Hill First Published What Has Come To Be Acknowledged As The Best Concise History Of The Period, Century Of Revolution Stimulating, Vivid And Provocative, His Graphic Depiction Of The Turbulent Era Examines Ordinary English Men And Women As Well As Kings And Queens.


10 thoughts on “The Century of Revolution, 1603-1714

  1. says:

    Recorded history is like a photograph of an iceberg it deals only with what is visible above the surface Yet below the surface is the vast mass of the population, surviving sometimes in records when they are born, married, accused of crime, or buried, but otherwise leaving no trace Through all the far reaching changes of this century which affected the upper classes, the labour of peasants, craftsmen, mariners went on relatively unchanged Fascinating book, and his Marxist influence is pretty clear he talks of things in terms of class and the influence of the mode of production although not using that term explicitly It s not a narrative history he divides it up into 4 periods, each of which is given a few pages of narrative describing the events and then is analysed in terms of politics, economics and religion and ideas If you re looking for a good history in terms of the events that happened then don t read this If you re interested in analysis of underlying causes and the system at work then this is a great book.On...


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    Through all the far reaching changes of this century which affected the upper classes, the labour of peasants, craftsmen, mariners went on relatively unchanged.I decided it may be time for me to write a novel Fitting Dr Johnson s definition of a blockhead, the idea has percolated for a while This volume was chewed as research and what fantastic e...


  3. says:

    Oddly, one of Hill s least satisfying books.


  4. says:

    It s a really great book about one the most consequential periods in English history however, it s important to have good historic fundamentals to take away the best of it.


  5. says:

    Very very good reference book for essays on transformations in the century.


  6. says:

    A birds eye view of English society before, during and after the English civil war Hill shows that England went through a fundamental change during the Civil War There is much debate among historians whether the English Civil War can be characterised as a revolution or not After all the English Civil war is considered allot less violent than the latter French Revolution though it was pretty violent in Ireland and there wasn t a modern bourgeoisie to carry through the revolution, as there was in France Hill was a Marxist, and it is said that the Marxist theory of the transfer from feudalism to capitalism by a revolution led by the bourgeoisie has been proved wrong, because after all the French revolution is one of the few revolutions where this happened, the French revolution is the exception rather than the rule The English revolution, if that is what it was, was led by the gentry not the bourgeoisie However this view of Marxism is a caricature of the theory, a vast oversimplification of the theory Indeed Hill doesn t suggest at all in the book that the bourgeoisie led the revolution and yet he was a Marxist What he does do is show that the result of the revolution is the ascendency of the bourgeoisie, what he does show, convincingly, is that the act...


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    The main problem of this book is that it was written for English readers for whom the events of the 17th century are well known The book briefly narrates the events in the beginning of each chapter, but you will need an open tab of wiki or an encyclopedia to check the biography of each personality A lot played a role in the English Revolution apart from the main protagonists like Cromwell or the Stuarts.If you skip the above difficulty, the book is one of the finest examples of historic materialism methodology in a subject that is mostly dominated by religious, national and politically liberal themes For Christopher Hill the English Civil War, the Commonwealth, the Restoration and the subsequent final fall of the Stuarts , were a series of events that , in fact, were a bourgeois revolution, the English Revolution During these years, the rule of an absolute monarch was effectively destroyed, along with all feudal elements laws, institutions, economy that supported the King, and in its place a new modern capitalist state was formed under the rule of the Parliament of free , protestant, property holding English and Scots In order to do so, the bourgeois required the massive support of the lower classes of workers, farmers and serfs that formed the New Model Army that smashed all enemies of the new England However, when the lower classes demanded voting equality Levellers , income...


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    I happened upon this book while searching for ever Routledge Classics titles to indulge in After I had already ordered this book, I read a little about Christopher Hill, beginning with the description Marxist Historian and realized that this probably wasn t going to be what I expected.The book itself is written well, but I think it requires some decent prior knowledge of the English Civil War to fully appreciate I would not have put myself in that category Being from the US, when we talk about Revolutions and Civil War, we tend to focus on the local ones rather than broadening out to even England It s rare that England s even acknowledged as having history that could be instructive for our own Nevertheless, I learned a good deal from this book One of the major things I learned from self study triggered by this book is that there s a great deal of debate about what actually caused the English Civil War Being of a Marxist perspective, most of the book s discussion is economic or class based, but there s also a good amount about religion and ideas of the period Hill divides about a 100 year period into 4 sections Each section has a chapter that quickly describes the events, one chapter each for Economics , Politics and the Constitution and Religion and Ideas an...


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    Hill has written an excellent introduction to Stuart England While his format is a little unorthodox, it works very well to keep over a hundred years of history in order This transition century from rule by the nobility and king s favorites to rule by the expanded non landowning rich ...


  10. says:

    Very interesting account of Britain s most important century, the foundation of her politics, economic habits, etc Massive change from James I to William III Interesting thesis that all that was achieved was the propping of a new class based on wealth a...