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date: 15 April 2021

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This chapter reviews recent work on the English civil war and English Revolution, and related topics, including the Scottish Covenanters’ revolution, the Irish rising of 1641, Confederate Ireland, and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. It sets the recent emphasis on the fluidity and dynamism of the politics in the context of the debate prompted by revisionist critiques of Marxist and Whig historiographies. It argues that close attention to fluidity has not been at the expense of consideration of the larger structures of political life and long-term transformations in them. Attempts to relate the crisis and its effects on constitutional development to social structural change and economic transformation have largely failed but, it is argued, the crisis had long-term effects on state formation, religious change, and political thought and culture in all Three Kingdoms, and on their mutual relationships in the nascent British state.

Keywords: English Revolution, Covenanters, Irish rising, Confederate Ireland, revisionism, Whig history, Marxist history, state formation, political culture

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