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Rethinking the Scottish RevolutionCovenanted Scotland, 1637-1651$
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Laura A. M. Stewart

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718444.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Scottish Revolution

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Rethinking the Scottish Revolution
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Laura A. M. Stewart

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718444.003.0001

A historical consensus about the Scottish revolution has gone unchallenged for forty years. In this account, resistance to King Charles I in Scotland was engineered by a narrowly defined ‘political nation’, made up of nobility, barons, burgesses, and clerics. The revolution was a struggle for power over Scotland’s governing and representative institutions. This consensus was entrenched by the advent of ‘new British history’, which advocated political narrative. By adopting a broader interpretation of politics, influenced by social and cultural approaches, the book seeks to develop new perspectives on the ways in which different social groups engaged with the construction and representation of political processes. This approach opens up new ways of interpreting the Scottish revolution. The revolutionary developments of the period 1637–41 led to a stable constitutional settlement, which enabled the creation of a confessional state with an unprecedented capacity to harness human and material resources.

Keywords:   historiography, New British History, confessionalization, popular politics, publics, power

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