This important collection of essays, based on extensive original research, presents a vigorous critique of ` revisionist' analyses of the period, and reasserts the importance of long term ideological and social developments in causing the outbreak of the civil war.
List of abbreviations. Preface. 1. Introduction: after Revisionism Richard Cust and Ann Hughes. 2. Ideology, property and the constitution Johann Sommerville. 3. Anti-poverty: the structure of prejudice Peter Lake. 4. England and the Spanish Match Thomas Cogswell. 5. Politics and the electorate in the 1620s Richard Cust. 6. Court policies of the 1630s Andrew Foster. 7. Church policies of the 1630s Andrew Foster. 8. Local history of the origins of the Civil War Ann Hughes. Suggestions of further reading. Notes on contributors. Index