This book places the events and issues of the Revolution of 1688, which dethroned the Catholic James II and enthroned the Protestant William and Mary, in their broad historical context. Beginning with the dynastic revolution in England, it examines in turn the dependent kingdoms of Scotland and Ireland, the American colonies, the United Provinces, and the continental European background. Themes explored include the role of the Whigs in William of Orange's success, the shift in Tory opinion, the part played by the Scottish nobility, Ireland's reduction to colony status, the evolution of Dutch foreign and domestic policy, and transatlantic repercussions. The book concludes with an examination of 1688 and its place in the Whig theory of history. Drawing on the expertise of an international team of scholars, the volumes makes an important contribution to the historiographical assessment of the revolutions of 1688 and their profound impact on subsequent history.
'Beddard offers a convincing and scholarly account of events in the winter of 1688-89, one that is based on an impressive grasp of the archives ... excellent collection.'
Jeremy Black, University of Durham, British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies, Spring 1993 `Beddard, in an essay running to nearly one third of this volume, offers an in-depth account of political manoceuvres in England in the weeks between Williams's landing in early November 1688 and the tender of the crown little more than three months later.' Clyve Jones, Parliamentary History Vol 11, Nov 92 'Beddard ... argues that William of Orange joined up with the Whigs to hijack the revolution, and grab the government out of hands of James II and the Tories, to whom he had turned in the closing months of his reign. The narrative skill with which he develops this case, and the range of sources with which he documents it, make it a very powerful thesis.'
W.A. Speck, History, October 1992 'John Wolffe has now made a valuable addition to the list by examining ultra-Protestant attitudes and actions during three crucial decades between 1829 and 1860 ... in this book he has not only consolidated his subject by displaying the relationships between different aspects of anti-Catholicism, but also expanded knowledge by giving detailed examination to the anti-Catholic societies and their leading figures. The book is thus a notable and distinguished
addition to a substantial literature.'
Ian Machin, Journal of Ecclesiastical History `an attractively-produced, beautifully-written and sparklingly-argued collection.'
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Introduction: The Protestant succession; The unexpected Whig revolution of 1688; The political thought of the Anglican revolution; The Scottish nobility and the revolution of 1688-1690; Ireland and the glorious revolution: from kingdom to colony; Europe and the revolution of 1688; 'J'equippe une flotte tres considerable': the Dutch side of the glorious revolution; The revolutions in America; The significance of 1688: some reflections on Whig history; Index