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a fascinating revisionist study,
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This review is from: English Society 1688 - 1832: Ideology, Social Structure and Political Practice during the Ancien Regime (Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics) (Paperback)
In this seminal work Clark rethinks the history of the 'long 18th century' from the Glorious Revolution ( a.k.a the Dutch invasion ) to the Great Reform Act which at last recast the hide-bound nature of the British Parliament. He argues that throughout this time the Established Church was a much under-estimated Tory force, that little changed with the Whig Revolution for the nation as a whole, that the crucial, hard-fought issues were always the religious ones, and that political reform only became possible after a popular sea-change of Dissent. His argument is dense, requiring careful reading, but wide-ranging and extremely thorough in its coverage of the many issues and protagonists of those years.