The English Revolution, 1640 Paperback – 1 Dec 1955
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
. 1976 rep
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›