- Series: Bedford Series in History and Culture
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 1st ed. 2006 edition (September 21, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312167148
- ISBN-13: 978-0312167141
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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England's Glorious Revolution 1688-1689: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture) 1st ed. 2006 Edition
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'This is a terrific collection. It succeeds in communicating the excitement of the Revolution of 1688, and just how much was at stake in this 'regime change'. It makes it possible to teach not only the Revolution of 1688 but also the entire late 17th century in a more compelling way. It also beautifully shows the connections between constitutional, economic, religious and foreign policy issues.' - Rachel Weil, Cornell University, USA 'This is an extremely impressive volume for undergraduate teaching, eminently useful both for its concise explanation of the importance of the Glorious Revolution and for its fascinating collection of documents. At the same time, it is also an important manifesto for a pioneering way of understanding the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89 that can be used to give students access to the very latest scholarship.' - Ethan Shagan, Northwestern University, USA
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I was disappointed with this book after reading the introduction, only to find Pincus's analysis of the Glorious Revolution is essentially a reiteration of whig literature. He puts no new material into the analysis and essentially lacks any critical thinking all together. His connections to his thesis are either blurred or non-existent which really weakens his claims.
Pincus claims the Glorious Revolution is 'revolutionary' due to three attributes:
1.Changes in English foreign policy
2. Changes in English political thought
3. Changes in the Church of England
What Pincus fails to do is explain why or how any of these connect to his thesis that the Revolution was indeed revolutionary. He does not even acknowledge all three of these things are more so changes brought about by William III's political agenda rather than some ideological change brought about by the rational, liberty-loving English Protestants. He takes a somewhat ultra-whig approach and his perspective is thus grossly out of date.
His choice of documents is also lacking, one example being his views on how the Church of England became more tolerant after the Revolution. This ofcourse is true in relation to Protestants, but certainly not for Catholics who were only further alienated from English society legally. Pincus ofcourse fails to acknowledge this and even refuses to portray this well known fact with his selective choice of just one, incredibly biased document covering the entire aspect of religious toleration.
I rate this book 3 stars because the history in the narrative is both true and useful as well as the documents when applied. However, the story is told with a radical bias and is sufficiently lacking in detail and balance. Pincus fails to defend his own claims and appropriately denounce others in adequate fashion.