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The History of England: The First Two Stuarts v.5: The First Two Stuarts Vol 5 (History of England (Liberty Classics)) Paperback – 1 Jan 1983


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  • Paperback: 583 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865970335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865970335
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cowley on 22 July 2011
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The first edition of Hume's History of the Stuarts indicated that the theme was opposition to 'superstition and fanaticism', by which Hume meant Anglo-Catholicism and Puritanism. He was persuaded to remove this remark from later editions, but it summarises his 'plague on both their houses' approach to the conflict between King and Parliament of which the English Civil War and 'Glorious Revolution' are the best known parts. The Whig reply was John Millar's Historical View of the English Government.

Some argue that Hume's sympathies are too secular to do justice to such a religious epoch, but one certainly learns a lot on the way from his even-handedness. For example, I admired the Quaker's greeting the King as 'Friend Charles'. The book also has chapters on the development of literature and trade and is almost Shakespearian in the variety of characters who pass before us on the stage of Hume's imagination. One point to bear in mind is that volumes five and six are a single story, so even if you start here you are in for a long, though rewarding read. The concluding Volume Six: The Last Stuarts and the Glorious Revolution ends the series with a hymn of praise to Butler's Hudibras, a poem of classic 17th century Anglican sensibility.

The Liberty Press edition is part of a series of cheap, good quality American reprints of out of copyright classics from the 'Scottish Enlightenment' and not one of the 'print-on-demand' versions. I'd recommend that if you're interested in the time or place, or in David Hume himself, you take advantage of it.
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