The Century of Revolution 1603-1714
Routledge – 2001 – 368 pages
Series: Routledge Classics
In 1961 Christopher Hill first published what has come to be acknowledged as the best concise history of the period, Century of Revolution. Stimulating, vivid and provocative, his graphic depiction of the turbulent era examines ordinary English men and women as well as kings and queens. Hill argued that the Civil War was driven by the conflict between the old feudal élites and the growing merchant classes. Society and the State are dissected alongside other aspects such as Protestantism and the rise of capitalism and the questioning of hitherto unassailable authorities such as the church and the law. Full of wit and insight, his treatment of what is regarded as one of England's most formative periods is one that is as truly satisfying in the second edition, as it was in 1961.
'This is a book we have all been waiting for - a history of the political and religious conflicts of the seventeenth century that is rooted in reality; and it will be a long, long time before this brilliantly lucid and forcefully argued book is bettered.' - Spectator
'Lucid and economical … his immense range of reading sits lightly upon him, revealed only in the frequent, telling quotation on every aspect of seventeenth century life … ingenious and provocative.' - Times Literary Supplement
Christopher Hill (1912 -). Distinguished Marxist historian and scholar of 17th century England.