on December 5, 2009
This book reviews the widest group of diverse opinions of the reign of James the second. Dr Pincus discusses the more modern interpretations of events and shows convincingly many of the fallacies. This is essential reading for those who wish to understand the different aspects of the rise of Whiggery, the invasion by William of Orange, and the political changes that resulted from the fall of James. The bibliography is massive and comprehensive.
on December 18, 2009
This work, based largely on primary sources, takes a new look at the "glorious revolution" and comes to some fresh conclusions. I found it most interesting in, by inference, filling in a sort of missing link to the elements that led to the American Revolution some 90 years later. The removal of James II in 1688 was hailed at the time in terms of the restoration of liberty, freedom and English rights, foreshadowing the language used in the American colonies and the Declaration of Independence. Clearly the Whig tradition was well established in the new world in the 17th century. This is a stimulating read.
Pincus wants us to view the 1688 overthrow of James II and installation of William III of Orange as a true-blue revolution and he proceeds to use extensive review of what people said and did during that time frame to make his case. There's no lack of evidence shared here, but the sharing does not become burdensome - on the contrary Pincus skilfully reveals more and more layers about what was going on before, during and after what Pincus suggests was every bit as much a revolution as the French and others. Very detailed, but never dull. Absolutely superb.