Author Miller, John, 1946 July 5- author
Title Early modern Britain : 1450-1750 / John Miller, Queen Mary, University of London
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DA300 M648 2017    AVAILABLE    30530001271113
Descript xxviii, 462 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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Series Cambridge history of Britain ; 3
Cambridge history of Britain ; 3
Note "The first two chapters will consider the societies and governance of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in about 1450. Chapter one will focus on the workings of power and law, with particular emphasis on kings and their more powerful subjects. Chapter two will consider the economy--above all the relationship between landlords and peasants--together with the lower levels of government and the functioning of communities, concluding with a discussion of 'mental worlds', above all religion and the spirit world. Both chapters emphasise diversity, which derived from ethnic and linguistic differences and the fundamental contrast between highland and lowland societies. Highland regions tended to be sparsely populated, dependent primarily on pastoral farming, with few towns and limited trade. Lowland regions focused more on arable farming, with larger villages, significant towns, and more developed manufactures and trade. In social and cultural terms the most striking contrasts were those between Celtic and what I shall very crudely describe as 'feudal' societies and governments, England and Scotland, more especially Lowland Scotland. We shall consider the development of systems of law and Parliaments, which became the mechanisms through which kings could negotiate with their more powerful subjects, levy taxes and make laws. We shall also consider the ways in which 'feudalism' changed, in terms of the relationships between lord and peasant, between greater and lesser lords, and between lords and the king, concluding with a discussion of the supposedly degenerate 'bastard' feudalism found in England by the mid fifteenth century"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Prologue: Kent, 1450 -- Kings, Lords and Peoples -- The Lives of the People -- Monarchies and their Problems 1450-1536 -- Henry VIII's Reformation -- The Growth of Protestantism to 1625 -- State and Society 1536-1625 1: England and Wales -- State and Society 1536-1625 2: Scotland and Ireland -- The Coming of War in Three Kingdoms 1625-1642 -- British Wars, English Conquests 1642-1660 -- Empire -- Prosperity and Poverty, 1660-1750 -- Money and Power : the Growth of the British State 1640-1750 -- Crown and Parliament 1660-1750: 1. England -- Crown and Parliament 1660-1750: 2. Scotland and Ireland -- The Fragmentation of Protestantism 1640-1750 -- Popular Politics 1640-1750 -- Conclusion -- Glossary
Subject Great Britain -- History -- House of York, 1461-1485
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603
Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714
Great Britain -- History -- 1714-1837