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Prologue I: Background and Beginnings 1625-1640 1: King Charles's Inheritance, i: Three Kingdoms, Three Peoples 2: King Charles's Inheritance, ii: The Matter of Religion 3: The New Reign 4: Storm over Scotland 5: The Bishops' Wars II: War in Three Kingdoms 1640-1646 6: Climacteric 7: Three Kingdoms in Crisis 8: The Blast of War 9: The Conflict Widens 10: Towards a Resolution III: Towards a Kingless Britain 1646-1649 11: Between Two Wars 12: Climacteric II: 'Not a Mere Mercenary Army' 13: The Second Civil War 14: Quest for a Settlement IV: The Commonwealth 1649-1653 15: The Commonwealth at War 16: The Commonwealth in Crisis 17: 'A Story of My Own Weakness and Folly'? V: Cromwell's Protectorate 1653-1658 18: A New Order in Three Nations 19: The First Phase of Cromwellian Rule 20: 'A Single Person and a Parliament' 21: Royalists in Arms, Swordsmen in the Saddle 22: King or Constable? 23: The Protectorate in Scotland, Ireland, and Europe 24: Unfinished Business VI: The Collapse of the Good Old Cause 1658-1660 25: The Overthrow of the Protectorate 26: The Commonwealth Restored 27: The Monarchy Restored Epilogue Further Reading Index


Britain in Revolution will serve as a useful summary of one of the most confused and confusing periods of British history ... students will find Woolrych a reliable guide. Mark Kishlansky, Times Literary Supplement Britain in Revolution is a huge book in every sense, the distillation of a lifetimes-worth of teaching, researching and writing, resulting in a large, sweeping narrative account of a very high standard ... It is by some margin the longest and most substantial single-volume history we have of these years. Peter Gaunt, Reviews in History Britain in Revolution is a splendid volume and a fitting high point of a very distinguished career. It provides a masterly political (and military) narrative of a complex period. The style is elegant and lucid and it is a joy to read ... From beginning to end, a complex story is related with great skill and a deft and judicious touch, and a mass of detail is carefully controlled, managed and moulded to form a clear and magisterial account. Britain in Revolution is a magnificent achievement and a magnificent book. Peter Gaunt, Reviews in History This is a formidable and convincing study. Whilst the book can be dipped into, because of its clear and precise structure, the whole text should be essential reading for anyone taking an interest in the period. History Review

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