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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; First Edition edition (10 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192854003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192854001
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.3 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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John Morrill has been Professor of British and Irish History at the University of Cambridge since 1998. He has also been a Fellow since 1975 and Vice master since 1994 of Selwyn College, Cambridge. His publications include The Nature of the English Revolution (1994), The British Problem 1534-1707 (1996), The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain (1996), and Revolt in the Provinces (1998). He is also General Editor of The History of Britain, Ireland and the British Overseas on CD-ROM.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
"An age which derived its momentum from Christian humanism from a reverential antiquarianism, gave way to an age of pragmatism and individualism."
'Stuart Britain a Very Short Introduction' by John Morril is exactly what it says-a short introduction. Divided into chapters reflecting the different aspects of Stuart life such as Society and Economic life; Government and Law; The early Stuarts and The Civil wars, it describes the complexities of both the political and social sides of this period in a simple and manageable form.
In an animated and lively style John Morril describes the huge changes throughout this period on all fronts. From Civil war, the abolition of the monarchy and for religion the toleration act of 1689 which resulted, by the end of the century in new and fresh ideas in the arts, theatre, writing and the sciences.
Although this book is a little complex for a complete beginner especially on the economic situation, it is an easy way to clarify and bring together all the details of the period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Ashby on 26 Sept. 2002
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Within this book, the author, John Morrill presents to us, the reader, Stuart Britain in a concise and compact way, and does indeed set a century of revolution "...into its political, religious, social, economic, intellectual, and other cultural contexts...". The book pulls together a century of turmoil in which population grew so fast that it was not possible to produce enough food to ensure its survival, nor provide enough work to give it respectability. It also describes in concise detail the break-out of un-anticipated civil war which eventually ended in the abolition of the Monarchy , not before the execution of Charles the first. John Morrill goes on further to portray how difficult it was to restore order to a country which arguably lost that quality, or some of it, with the execution of Charles I.
John Morrill pays particular attention to many key events that play an important part in this time period, the first being 'The First Civil War' (1642-1646). Morrill reveals to us that the war had very vague beginnings, and how, after a number of failed attempts made by the King to achieve an upper hand before officially claiming Civil War, the King sheepishly proclaims Civial War by raising the Standard at Nottingham on the 20th August 1642.
When the masses were not impressed by the outcome of the first Civil War (a long fight between Royalists and Parliamentarians over power, being forced to pay taxes to keep the army in the "style" thay had become accustomed to (or desired to!), the foolish rejection of the Levellers who showed an intelligent way forward without the Monarchy) there proceeded to be a further out-break, indeed a second Civil War; a revolt of the provinces against centralization and military rule.
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By Henry on 26 Sept. 2002
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Morrills Stuart Britain
John Morrill's book 'Stuart Britain' a very short introduction is generally about a number of factors relevent to Stuart Britain and this time period. His book starts with factors such as population growth and trade and manufacturing and ends with factors such as Religious life and restoration of the monarchy. There are a number of things in this time period he sees as key trends, individuals and events.
The key events which happen in this period are the two Civil Wars. The first war happened in 1642 and lasted until 1646 and the second war was in 1647. Another key event was the restoreation of the monarchy which occured around the 1660's. There were also certain key individuals in the period of the stuarts. They are James the first (who had a lot to do with the causation of the first Civil War), James the second and William the third who greatly influenced and effected the period. During this period there are certain trends which occur. One of those trends was the continuous rise in population growth throughout the 1600's where it steadily increased to a worringly high number. Another trend is the run of male kings who all fail and have a fairly short reine.
I thought the most interesting points of Morrill's work was the coverage of the Civil War and the other major events around that time period. It was interesting the way he wrote it and included all the relevent facts you neede to know. There were no real supprising factors though he does speak in a slightly pesimistic tone.
I felt morrill presented his arguements fairly clearly and I found them relatively easy to understand although there were a few moments of uncertainty whilst reading his book.
Generally i found most parts in his book relatively interesting and could read it if i had to although i feel i have to say the book was quite boring in parts.
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Morril's book 'Stuart Brtain, A very short introduction' provides a broad contextual background of information about the Stuart's reign and lifestyles. The introductory chapters provide a vessel of information concerning Stuart society and how the rapid growth of the population led to economic problems, and how attitudes developed during the stuart period. You learn of their political position and status and the lack of military status. Morril sees James I as in many ways successful, he emphasises the succesion as the most peaceful since 1509 however sees James I's role as relayively insignificant. Morril i feel looks at Charles II's reign as a key period in Stuart England and Charles as a key individual. Morril portrays how England stunbled into civil war, he feels that only a catastrophic series of blunders made this possible. He brings up the dispited end of Charles's reign, why did it end so quickly and suprisingly? Morril looks at the first civil war as insignficant in the terms of change and continuity, and how it fell into the second civil war. An important event that was unknown of that period was the public beheading of Charles I and Englands short lived move to a Republic. Morril puts accross that he feels all the kings and events were of importance for studying that period, however he manages to show how some are more significant than others. Morril concludes this book with the intellectual and religious life of the Stuarts, providing a further contextual study of what you have learnt, putting the period into place. This book is very informative, providing factual information, and setting the seen of Stuart Briton. However I found this book rather uninteresting. It good for extracting if=nformation but is boring as a book.
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