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  •  Good Books On The Restoration & Edwardian Era? (0+ / 0-)

    I need to read more

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:19:58 AM PST

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    •  Oh, heavens! (1+ / 0-)
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      You know the Taylor series? They make soft cover books that contain essays by serious historians (TM) on opposing sides of matters. The Taylor on The English Civil War is excellent -- mainly because the historians are excellent and get to use two centuries of prior comment and analysis as their starting points.

      Nothing will surpass E. P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class for me, but he covers the political as a factor in the creation of a distinctive proletariat. The Great Rebellion is winner's history of the civil war (and Glorious Revolution), while Christopher Hill had a minor industry going in finding socialists among the dissenters. His The Experience of Defeat is highly tendentious, but it has enough scholarship in it, and the thesis is solid enough, that his faults of fact -- damning as history -- can be forgiven by a general reader.

      I honestly don't know what to make of Steve Pincus's new 1688 The First Modern Revolution. It so differs from history as I know it, where primary sources are necessary and conclusions are tentative, that one of us is out of his mind. I guess it's me, but I can't applaud a new conceptual frame ("catholic orthodoxy") for utility unless I see a need for it and some evidence that it fits.

      For an orthodox general history, I should mention Robert Smith's book, especially as he was my teacher all those years ago. He did a few. I liked Eighteenth Century Politics: Patrons and Place Hunters. He gave me the political, court-side history of the old fashioned sort, while my other professors were making sure that I knew how to make little round bombs (pat. pend.).

      Other than that, I'd point to Donald Greene's extremely readable The Age of Exuberance for a really fun (if pugilistic) summary of the 18th century and why it was a time of explosiveness rather than "reason." (Greene pushes too far one way to make up for Roy Porter, who pushes too hard another way.)

      [Why do I feel like the Graeae all of a sudden?]

      People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

      by The Geogre on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:34:20 AM PST

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