The author reviews the recent debate on the relationship between political and religious controversies and the impact on social and cultural patterns, before giving her own interpretation of the period, emphasizing the importance of deep-rooted ideological divisions.
This book is intended as a guide and introduction to recent scholarship on the causes of the English civil war. It examines English developments in a broader British and European context, and explores current debates on the nature of the political process and the divisions over religion and politics. It then analyses renewed attempts to set the civil war in a social context, and to connect social change to broad cultural cleavages in England. The author also provides her own positive interpretation which takes account of the valuable insights of revisionist approaches, but concludes that long term ideological divisions and tensions arising from social change were crucial in causing the civil war.
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Introduction - A British Problem? A European Crisis? - Hierarchy, Consensus or Conflict: Politics and Religion in Early Stuart England - A Social and Cultural Conflict? - Conclusion: Charles I, Parliament and the Outbreak of the Civil War
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