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Cromwell'S Major-Generals : Godly Government During the English Revolution - Christopher Durston

Cromwell'S Major-Generals

Godly Government During the English Revolution

By: Christopher Durston, Peter Lake (Editor), Anthony Milton (Editor), Jason Peacey (Editor), Alexandra Gajda (Editor)

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Christopher Durston's full-scale study ambitiously documents the history behind what remains today, a powerful symbol of military rule. He explores the motivations behind the decisions to appoint the major-generals, looking at their careers and personalities. Durston pays particular attention to the collection of the decimation tax, the attempt to improve the security of the regime, and the struggle to build a godly nation. He concludes with an investigation of the 1656 election and the major-generals' subsequent fall from power.

"'A splendid book. It illuminates the whole of the 1650s and Cromwell's complex relationship with the people and culture of the time. A tremendous achievement.' Professor John Morrill, Cambridge University"

List of Maps and Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Introduction: background and historiographyp. 1
The system: origins and constructionp. 15
The men: backgrounds, careers and beliefsp. 38
The helpers: the commissioners for securing the peace of the commonwealthp. 59
New local government and old local governmentp. 73
The decimation taxp. 97
Securing the peace of the commonwealthp. 127
The struggle for the godly nationp. 154
The major-generals and the 1656 electionp. 187
Defeat at Westminster and fall from powerp. 206
Conclusionp. 228
Postscript: The major-generals' later careersp. 234
Select Bibliographyp. 240
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780719060656
ISBN-10: 0719060656
Series: Politics, Culture, and Society in Early Modern Britain
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.7  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.41