The English revolution and the empire, 1642-1660
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The colonial legislation of 1650 and 1651 tells us and warned colonists of the radical, transforming potential of the English Revolution. The context established by these debates will help us to understand why colonists saw the Plantations Act of 1650 as far more intrusive and threatening than the more famous Navigation Act of 1651. The civil war brought forth attacks on the English hierarchy of liberty and privilege. The most open colonial rejections of parliamentary authority since the outbreak of the civil war was denying the proclamations of loyalty to Charles II, have to be reversed. Colonies, as parts of the ancien regime, enjoyed some protection, and not merely because revolutionary England became, soon enough, Restoration England. The ambiguous impact of England's revolution on the politics of empire can be deduced from contemporary debates about the proper relationships between state and society.

Revolution and empire

English Politics and the American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century

Editor: Robert M. Bliss

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