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The English Revolution, 1640 Paperback – 1 Dec 1955

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart Ltd; New edition edition (Dec. 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853150443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853150442
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. 1976 rep


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John Edward Christopher Hill wrote this short book, originally published in 1940 as part of a larger work with essays by other authors, with the intention of shaking the established norms of Civil War historiography, and of being left behind as a radical statement by a young man off to war. As such, the book trembles with undisguised urgency, as though the story could not unfold fast enough.
This is Hill's first book (he was not to publish another for fourteen years) and it is also his most famous, for in it he gives us the first thoroughly Marxist exploration of the English Revolution. It is surprising, after sixty years, how much of the book's orientation is still applicable in the light of recent research.
We have long-since ditched the idea that the crisis was a simmering, long-term conflict between defunct Feudalism and nascent Capitalism, but Hill's basic argument that the Revolution constituted a turning-point in English history still stands. Whether it is sensible to talk of a 'bourgeoisie' an 'aristocracy' these days is another matter. We now know that the development of the Civil Wars/Revolution was far more complex, and cannot be reduced, as Hill does here, to a duality of forces. Although, to be fair, Hill does point to the convoluted and complex construction and constitution of classes, and of the need for a fluid, dialectical consideration of class.
As with all of Hill's books, the familiar set of characters have their walk-on parts: Winstanley, Harrington, Hobbes, the Levellers, and so on, which regular readers of Hill will appreciate.
Indeed, this book is essential for all readers of Hill, and those interested in the Revolution in general, because, in the first instance, themes are developed here which have a subsequent bearing on his later work.
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