The Bourgeois Revolution: A Mirage?

Conrad Russell asks if England has ever had a revolution.

A generation ago, the late Professor Alfred Cobban used to have four laws for answering an historical question: that the middle classes were always rising, that kings were always short of money, that the peasants were always revolting, and that dictators always drained marshes. The incompetence of President Marcos and others having served to refute the fourth, perhaps the only one of these laws which now survives is that kings were always short of money.

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