Originally published in 1930 and reprinted in 1966 this book focusses on the social and economic developments of the Puritan revolution – aspects which are often overlooked in favour of the political. Using archival resources, this study shows that the period 1640-1660 was one of change and experiment in the social as well as political sphere. Particular focus is given to the depression in industry and agriculture and the resultant increase in poverty and unemployment. The extent to which the traditional authority of church and state was weakened, is also discussed.
Table of Contents
1. The Influence of Religion and Philosophy on Social Development 2. Economic Conditions, 1640-60 3. The Land Problem 4. Industrial Policies and Developments 5. The Democratic Movement in the Gilds and City Government 6. The Relief of the Poor 7. Projects of Social Reform.
Margaret James was Assistant Lecturer in History at Royal Holloway and Bedford College, University of London