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Rather misleading portrayal of the period,
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This review is from: The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution (Penguin History) (Paperback)
In the same way that many teenage readers of fiction adore the novels of D.H.Lawrence, so do many young history students become great fans of Christopher Hill. And then the romance fades. Wide reading of the original sources of the mid-17th century exposes Hill as a writer who is extraordinarily selective in his choice of material. He does this because otherwise the sources would fail to support his preconceived theory of a "bourgeois revolution" in the 17th century. Read Hill by all means - but handle with care.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2011 19:34:35 BDT
Hesham Yafai says:
Who denies that the English Revolution was a bourgeois revolution except on political grounds? It is not a question of being selective with sources, this reviewer obviously has a problem with Hill's conclusions but his criticisms are disingenuous (not to mention insulting).
Posted on 26 Apr 2011 11:25:07 BDT
I would put it stronger than the reviewer. Going through Hill's footnotes show what a populist charlatan he had become by the time of writing The World Turned Upside Down. Of course, silly Marxist undergrads stick by this book as they do to all things written by their tired old discredited heroes, but they are of yesterday, as is this book. Not worth the (very cheap) paper its printed on.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2014 13:41:50 BDT
George String says:
And tired old conservatives automatically dismiss that which threatens their world-view, I would suggest.
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