The English Civil War
Under the impact of 'revisionist' writings the history of the English Civil War has splintered. That is not to say that there was once consensus on how the revolution should be characterized or interpreted but revisionism has separated out different aspects of historical experience - economic, social, political, religious, and cultural - that once tended to be connected together. It is not the purpose of this volume somehow to turn the clock back, to recreate what was undoubtedly in part a false coherence. But the editors are concerned to suggest how some of the starker discontinuities should in turn be challenged and reconnections made, without losing sight of the complexity of the issues at hand. Rather than constituting a representative or 'balanced' body of work, the articles or chapters included in this volume contribute to that larger aim and provide some of the most stimulating recent writing on the origins and course of the civil war.