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The English Civil War 1640-1649

1st Edition

By Martyn Bennett


160 pages

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The English Civil War (1642-53) is one of the most crucial periods in British history. Martyn Bennett introduces the reader to the main debates surrounding the Civil War which continue to be debated by historians. He considers the repercussions both on government and religion, of Parliament's failure to secure stability after the Royalist defeat in 1646, and argues that this opened the way for far more radical reforms. The book deals with the military campaigns in all four nations, placing the war in its full British and Irish context.

Table of Contents

Part One:The Background,

1. The Anglo-Scottish War and the Short Parliament,

2. The Summer of 1640,

3. The Long Parliament,

4. The Approach of Civil War,

Part Two: Analysis - the English Civil War,

5. Opening Campaigns,

6. Organising the War,

7. Cries For Peace,

8. The War Progresses,

9. Paying For the War,

10.Parliamentary Politics,

Part Three: Analysis - Society in Dysfunction,

11. The Aftermath,

12. The Radical Debate,

13. The Engagement and the Second Civil War

14. Retribution and Revolution

Part Four: Assessment

15. Civil War and Revolution in Britain,

Part Five: Documents




About the Author

Martyn Bennett is Head of the History Division in the Department of International Studies at Nottingham Trent University.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Renaissance