Some Intellectual Consequences of the English Revolution, by Christopher Hill
101 pp. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980)
Much has been written on the origins of the English Revolution, meaning by that term not only the civil war and the execution of Charles I but 'the whole fantastic outburst of radical ideas and actions, spreading into all spheres of life and thought'. In this short but thought-provoking book Christopher Hill examines not the causes but the far-less-studied consequences of these events, and their long-term historical effects on British society. Some of our present ills can, he believes, be traced back to the suppression of the radical alternatives after 1660.
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