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The English Revolution and the wars of the three kingdoms, 1638-1652 /
Ian Gentles.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Harlow, England ; Toronto : Pearson/Longman, 2007.
description
xiv, 522 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0582065518 (pbk.), 9780582065512 (pbk.)
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imprint
Harlow, England ; Toronto : Pearson/Longman, 2007.
isbn
0582065518 (pbk.)
9780582065512 (pbk.)
catalogue key
6133968
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [466]-499) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-05-01:
This clearly written study of the wars and revolutions that wracked the British Isles during the mid-17th century merges two major recent trends in historiography. First, the perspective is indeed British, exploring thoroughly events in Scotland and Ireland rather than presenting a narrowly Anglocentric account of the "Puritan Revolution." This approach allows, for example, a superb description of the radical constitutionalism of the Scottish Covenanters and the complex factionalism of Ireland. Also, readers can better grasp the patterns of mutual political, religious, and military interaction among the three kingdoms. The other trend is a revealing consideration of the uneven impact of the military revolution on the combatants and the developing states. This perspective enriches accounts of battle and strategy as well as of logistics, finance, manpower, and the intensification of religious and social conflict. The main theme is that religious conflict, not economic change, was the driving force for revolution and war in all three kingdoms, and it shaped their interactions. Nice features include good maps, a useful index, and superb descriptions of troop movements and battles. A valuable synthesis and a contribution to scholarship. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. P. Gildrie Austin Peay State University
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"This is an admirably thorough attempt to take the reader through the military, religious, and political complexities of the times. It is an ideal choice for both the undergraduate and general reader." Jasmin L. Johnson, Gillingham, Kent "Nice features include good maps, a useful index, and superb descriptions of troop movements and battles. A valuable synthesis and a contribution to scholarship. Highly recommended." R.P. Gildrie, Austin Petty State University "Gentles descriptions are based on a thorough mastery of the primary sources as well as a deep understanding of the latest literature. Ian Gentles has made an impressive contribution to a field that is not short of impressive contributions." Charles Carlton, North Carolina State University "This book provides a series of new insights into the civil wars, which make its appearance more than welcome. It is the most recent academic study by an experienced academic." Martyn Bennett, Nottingham Trent University "Professor Gentles is one of the few historians capable of presenting this notoriously complex and unstable subject in such a clear and readable way. As a result, general readers and history students alike will find it an excellent and reliable introduction to this fascinating period." David J. Appleby, University of Nottingham "The book is a compendium of the latest scholarship on military history. Its charts on wartime taxation and maps of campaign marches and battlefield alignments will be a boon to readers." Mark Kishlansky, Harvard University
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The English Revolution Ian Gentles "The English revolution was a shattering experience for the people of ""Ireland"" and ""Scotland"" as well as ""England,"" as wars broke out successively in - and between - all three kingdoms. Monarchy was overthrown, the Established Church abolished, and an aggressive, expansionist foreign policy unleashed that would set ""Britain"" on the road to empire. The costs of war and revolution were enormous: a devastating death toll, property laid waste throughout each kingdom, and a narrowly-based republican regime that was in several respects more tyrannical than the divine-right monarchy it replaced. "" ""Ian Gentles provides a riveting, in-depth analysis of the battles and sieges, as well as the political and religious struggles that underpinned them. Based on extensive archival and secondary research he undertakes the first sustained attempt to arrive at global estimates of the human and economic cost of the wars. The many actors in the drama are appraised with subtlety. Charles I, while partly the author of his own misfortune, is shown to have been at moments an inspirational leader. "" ""The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms ""is a sophisticated, comprehensive, exciting account of the sixteen years that were the hinge of British and Irish history. It encompasses politics and war, personalities and ideas, embedding them all in a coherent and absorbing narrative. There was nothing inevitable about the outcome of the English Revolution, as the book's emphasis on the importance of ideas and of human agency convincingly demonstrates. "" ""Ian Gentles ""is Visiting Professor of History at ""Tyndale""""College,"" ""Toronto,"" His books include ""The New Model Army ""(1992), and he has contributed numerous articles to ""The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,"""
Back Cover Copy
The English Revolution Ian Gentles The English revolution was a shattering experience for the people ofIrelandandScotlandas well asEngland, as wars broke out successively in -- and between -- all three kingdoms. Monarchy was overthrown, the Established Church abolished, and an aggressive, expansionist foreign policy unleashed that would setBritainon the road to empire. The costs of war and revolution were enormous: a devastating death toll, property laid waste throughout each kingdom, and a narrowly-based republican regime that was in several respects more tyrannical than the divine-right monarchy it replaced. Ian Gentles provides a riveting, in-depth analysis of the battles and sieges, as well as the political and religious struggles that underpinned them. Based on extensive archival and secondary research he undertakes the first sustained attempt to arrive at global estimates of the human and economic cost of the wars. The many actors in the drama are appraised with subtlety. Charles I, while partly the author of his own misfortune, is shown to have been at moments an inspirational leader. The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdomsis a sophisticated, comprehensive, exciting account of the sixteen years that were the hinge of British and Irish history. It encompasses politics and war, personalities and ideas, embedding them all in a coherent and absorbing narrative. There was nothing inevitable about the outcome of the English Revolution, as the book#146;s emphasis on the importance of ideas and of human agency convincingly demonstrates. Ian Gentles is Visiting Professor of History atTyndaleCollege,Toronto. His books includeThe New Model Army(1992), and he has contributed numerous articles toThe Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Long Description
Ian Gentles provides a riveting, in-depth analysis of the battles and sieges, as well as the political and religious struggles that underpinned them. Based on extensive archival and secondary research he undertakes the first sustained attempt to arrive at global estimates of the human and economic cost of the wars. The many actors in the drama are appraised with subtlety. Charles I, while partly the author of his own misfortune, is shown to have been at moments an inspirational leader. The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms is a sophisticated, comprehensive, exciting account of the sixteen years that were the hinge of British and Irish history. It encompasses politics and war, personalities and ideas, embedding them all in a coherent and absorbing narrative.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The English revolution was a shattering experience for the people of Ireland and Scotland as well, as war broke out successively in - and between - all three kingdoms. Ian Gentles provides analysis of the battles and sieges and the political and religious struggles that underpinned them.
Back Cover Copy
The English Revolution Ian Gentles The English revolution was a shattering experience for the people of Ireland and Scotland as well as England, as wars broke out successively in - and between - all three kingdoms. Monarchy was overthrown, the Established Church abolished, and an aggressive, expansionist foreign policy unleashed that would set Britain on the road to empire. The costs of war and revolution were enormous: a devastating death toll, property laid waste throughout each kingdom, and a narrowly-based republican regime that was in several respects more tyrannical than the divine-right monarchy it replaced. Ian Gentles provides a riveting, in-depth analysis of the battles and sieges, as well as the political and religious struggles that underpinned them. Based on extensive archival and secondary research he undertakes the first sustained attempt to arrive at global estimates of the human and economic cost of the wars. The many actors in the drama are appraised with subtlety. Charles I, while partly the author of his own misfortune, is shown to have been at moments an inspirational leader. The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms is a sophisticated, comprehensive, exciting account of the sixteen years that were the hinge of British and Irish history. It encompasses politics and war, personalities and ideas, embedding them all in a coherent and absorbing narrative. There was nothing inevitable about the outcome of the English Revolution, as the book's emphasis on the importance of ideas and of human agency convincingly demonstrates. Ian Gentles is Visiting Professor of History at Tyndale College, Toronto. His books include The New Model Army (1992), and he has contributed numerous articles to The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Long Description
Was the English Revolution - the first major revolution in modern times - worth it?This book deals with the period from the outbreak of armed conflict in 1642 until the restoration of 1660. Looking principally at the land wars in England, but also including the conquests of Ireland and Scotland, this book explains the victories of parliament's forces, particularly focusing on the significance of morale in determining the military outcome of the battles. The book captures the experience of battle for the common soldier, and explores the relations between soldiers and civilian society.
Main Description
This book will capture the imaginations of anyone fascinated by Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. Appeals to a broad spectrum of people with an interest in the ever popular arena of military history The first serious attempt to arrive at global estimates of the human and economic costs of the wars Thoroughly explores spiritual questions such as morale, combat motivation and the role of religion
Back Cover Copy
The English Revolution Ian Gentles The English revolution was a shattering experience for the people of Ireland and Scotland as well as England , as wars broke out successively in - and between - all three kingdoms. Monarchy was overthrown, the Established Church abolished, and an aggressive, expansionist foreign policy unleashed that would set Britain on the road to empire. The costs of war and revolution were enormous: a devastating death toll, property laid waste throughout each kingdom, and a narrowly-based republican regime that was in several respects more tyrannical than the divine-right monarchy it replaced. Ian Gentles provides a riveting, in-depth analysis of the battles and sieges, as well as the political and religious struggles that underpinned them. Based on extensive archival and secondary research he undertakes the first sustained attempt to arrive at global estimates of the human and economic cost of the wars. The many actors in the drama are appraised with subtlety. Charles I, while partly the author of his own misfortune, is shown to have been at moments an inspirational leader. The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms is a sophisticated, comprehensive, exciting account of the sixteen years that were the hinge of British and Irish history. It encompasses politics and war, personalities and ideas, embedding them all in a coherent and absorbing narrative. There was nothing inevitable about the outcome of the English Revolution, as the book's emphasis on the importance of ideas and of human agency convincingly demonstrates. Ian Gentles is Visiting Professor of History at Tyndale College , Toronto . His books include The New Model Army (1992), and he has contributed numerous articles to The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography .
Table of Contents
Prologue
Rebellion in the North
The Irish Insurgency, 1641-2
The outbreak of civil war in England, 1640-42
Building and Fuelling the Machinery of War: Recruitment, Finance, Logistics
Popular Allegiance in the English Civil War
War in England: the first year, 1642-3
The hinge year: 1643-4
Hope revived: royalists counterattack, roundheads regroup, September 1644 - May 1645
The King Vanquished, 1645-6
The wars carried on by other means: the political struggles of 1646-1648
The War of the Engagement - 1648
Regicide and Republic
Ormond, Cromwell, the Levellers and Ireland
War between Scotlandand England, 1650-51
Audit of war: the human and material cost
Epilogue
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