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The Civil Wars after 1660

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This book examines the conflicting ways in which the civil wars and Interregnum were remembered, constructed and represented in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. It argues that during the late Stuart period, public remembering of the English civil wars and Interregnum was not concerned with re-fighting the old struggle but rather with commending and justifying, or contesting and attacking, the Restoration settlements. After the return of King Charles II the political nation had to address the question of remembering and forgetting the recent conflict. The answer was to construct a polity grounded on remembering and scapegoating puritan politics and piety. The proscription of the puritan impulse enacted by the Restoration settlements was supported by a public memory of the 1640s and 1650s which was used to show that Dissenters could not, and should not, be trusted with power. Drawing upon the interdisciplinary field of social memory studies, this book offers a new perspective on the historical and political cultures of early modern England, and will be of significant interest to social, cultural and political historians as well as scholars working in memory studies.

Matthew Neufeld is Lecturer in early modern British history at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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This is a welcome addition to a burgeoning field of study - the nature and role of memory in pre-modern cultures - and it also speaks to a growing interest in the nature of post-war societies and the processes of post-conflict reconciliation. . An interesting and controversial argument about the politics of historical production in Restoration England. REVIEWS IN HISTORY

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First Published: 20 Jun 2013
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843838159
Pages: 300
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
Series: Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History
Subject: Early Modern History

Details updated on 27 Jul 2014

Contents

  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  The Restoration Regime and Historical Reconstructions of the Civil War and Interregnum
  • 3  Restoration War Stories
  • 4  Representing the Civil Wars and Interregnum, 1680-5
  • 5  Struggling over Settlements in Civil-War Historical Writing,1696-1714
  • 6  John Walker and the Memory of the Restoration in Augustan England
  • 7  Thanking God those Times are Past
  • 8  Conclusion
  • 9  Select Bibliography