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Revolutionary Politics in the Long Parliament

MacCormack, John R.

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ISBN 10: 0674767756 / ISBN 13: 9780674767751
Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1973
Condition: vg Hardcover
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8vo, xiii, 366 pp. Grey cloth binding with dj. Head and tail of spine slightly bumped. Small stain to page bottom edge. Spine of dj sunned. "The first systematic study of the politics of five crucial years of the puritan revolution between 1643 and 1649." A tight copy in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 10712

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Title: Revolutionary Politics in the Long ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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This volume is a systematic study of the politics of five crucial years of the Puritan Revolution, the period between John Pym's death in December 1643 and the execution of Charles I in January 1649. MacCormack provides a fresh and coherent interpretation of the events chronicled in the first volume of S. R. Gardiner's monumental History of the Great Civil War, a work long known to be inadequate.

Through an exhaustive compilation of the activities of individual members, MacCormack examines the Long Parliament and the structures of its parties. He investigates the degree to which the division between parties was religious or political, the character of the leadership of the two major groups (moderates and radicals), and the transformation of the parties during the five-year period.

The author focuses on the way in which the Parliamentary radical group led by Oliver St. John, Sir Henry Vane, Jr., and Oliver Cromwell gradually retreated from their revolutionary stance of 1644 in the face of the genuine populism of the Levellers. He contends that their failure to retain the moral leadership of the revolution led to the fragmentation of parties in 1648 and to the eventual dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell.

The book includes fresh interpretations of the role of Oliver Cromwell, especially in 1647 and 1648 when he emerged as the central figure. Significant material is also presented on John Lilburne. In analyzing the transformations of the radical party, the author places Lilburne's party, the Levellers, in the political context of the Revolution.

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