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Central government and the localities [electronic resource] : Hampshire, 1649-1689 /
Andrew M. Coleby.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
description
xviii, 266 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521329795
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
isbn
0521329795
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8358415
 
Bibliography: p. 237-255.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1988-07:
Despite an abundance of works on the relations between English provincial society and central government before the civil war of the mid-17th century, little scholarship has been devoted to this relationship in the ensuing period. Coleby's book-a case study of the county of Hampshire-begins to rectify the imbalance. The study examines three periods: the Interregnum (1649-60), the Restoration up to the Exclusion Crisis (1660-78), and the ensuing decade that culminated in the Glorious Revolution (1679-88). For each era, Coleby analyzes the patterns and personnel of local officeholding; the enforcement of government policy in the areas of defence, finance, and religion; and the relations between the court (or its Interregnum equivalent) and the county. He demonstrates that central government had limited impact on the locality during the Interregnum, but that after the Restoration, an alliance between central and local elites allowed the largely harmonious implementation of government policy in Hampshire. For Coleby, the Exclusion Crisis and James II's inept bungling of government made only temporary breaks in the process of administrative consolidation. Religious issues, however, were a more persistent factor that complicated this consolidation and generated tension between province and center. Coleby's work sets the model against which other such studies will be measured. Graduate readership.-J.M. Rosenheim, Texas A&M University
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This book is a study of centre-local interaction, based upon the experience of the people of an English county, during a very turbulent period in their history. Dr Coleby combines administrative and political history, and establishes with unusual rigour and clarity the nature of the late-seventeenth-century English polity.
Description for Library
This book is a study of centre-local interaction, based upon the experience of the people of an English county, during a very turbulent period in their history. The work revolves around: the relationship between centre and locality, and the partisan use of local institutions and sentiment for 'national' ends. Dr Coleby combines administrative and political history, and establishes with unusual rigour and clarity the nature of the late-seventeenth-century English polity. Whilst there have been many county studies of the early Stuart and Civil War periods, few accounts hitherto have looked at the situation both before and after the restoration of Charles II in 1660.
Main Description
This book is a study of centre-local interaction, based upon the experience of the people of an English county, during a very turbulent period in their history. The work revolves around: the relationship between centre and locality, and the partisan use of local institutions and sentiment for 'national' ends. Dr Coleby combines administrative and political history, and establishes with unusual rigour and clarity the nature of the late-seventeenth-century English polity. Whilst there have been many county studies of the early Stuart and Civil War periods, few accounts hitherto have looked at the situation both before and after the restoration of Charles II in 1660. Dr Coleby argues for the continuity of governmental concerns throughout the later seventeenth century, and challenges received wisdom about the relative local efficiency of Interregnum and Restoration regimes.
Table of Contents
List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction and prologue
The Interregnum
Local office-holding 1649-60
The enforcement of policy 1649-60
Government and county 1649-60
The Restoration
Local office-holding 1660-78
The enforcement of policy 1660-78
Court and county 1660-78
From the Popish Plot to the Revolution of 1688
Local office-holding 1679-88
The enforcement of policy 1679-88
Court and county 1679-88
Epilogue and conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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