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Cheshire on the eve of civil war
Authors: Richard Cust and Peter Lake

This book aims to revisit the county study as a way into understanding the dynamics of the English civil war during the 1640s. It explores gentry culture and the extent to which early Stuart Cheshire could be said to be a ‘county community’. It investigates the responses of the county’s governing elite and puritan religious establishment to highly polarising interventions by the central government and Laudian ecclesiastical authorities during Charles I’s Personal Rule. The second half of the book provides a rich and detailed analysis of the petitioning movements and side-taking in Cheshire during 1641-42. This important contribution to understanding the local origins and outbreak of civil war in England will be of interest to all students and scholars studying the English Revolution.

Isabel Quigly

trefoil. Push the image a bit further and it becomes one of lines coming together, overlapping, one side taking over from the other. Throughout the 1950s something like this was happening in the film world. Noticeably and fast, the cinema was being pushed from its central position in people’s recreational lives by the advent and then the quick growth of television. Something similar was happening in society

in British cinema of the 1950s
Jens Eder

of ‘sad’ hues, ‘beautiful’ forms, ‘unpleasant’ textures, ‘unbalanced’ compositions, ‘nervous’ rhythms, etc. It dominates in abstract images and grounds the following layers of experiencing representational images. (2) Worlds: The perception and imaginative reconstruction of a represented world (which may be factual or fictional) evokes a whole range of representational or diegetic emotions: desires for knowledge, control and orientation in time and space; sympathy, antipathy or empathy with represented persons and groups; emotional side-​taking in their conflicts

in Image operations
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Wyn Grant

wildlife organisations are concerned, the badger is being targeted when it should be treated as a valued, innocent animal. They argue that the role of cattle-to-cattle transmission has been underplayed and that there is no scientific evidence regarding the mode of transmission from badgers to cattle. Farmers and vets insist that badgers are a significant source of the disease and that culling is therefore necessary. The emotive nature of the debate, with both sides taking entrenched positions, has meant that other policy options such as encouraging farms to take

in Lobbying
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J.W.M. Hichberger

pictures, martyrdoms of the most dreadful character seem to please them more than tender and devout subjects. Now on the English side, taking our pictures generally, there is nothing of this sort. Battles there are, and murders, but such subjects are rare; and wounds and deaths far less prominent than in French subjects of the like nature. The pictures more

in Images of the army
Revising Religio Medici in the English Revolution
Matthew C. Augustine

. Indeed, Morrill’s The Revolt of the Provinces: Conservatives and Radicals in the English Civil War, 1630–1650 (1976) was a signal text of early Revisionism, with its stunning claim that ‘Side-taking for the great majority [in the first civil war] was largely arbitrary . Men delayed declaring themselves until forced to do so by the appearance of activist groups on one or both sides. Polarisation then usually followed the lines of purely local groupings and although many families were divided, and many friends parted, the prior sub-political divisions within each

in Aesthetics of contingency
Implications for neutrality and sovereignty
Christine Agius

… Neutrality has become a bad word, even when it means staying out of war. Instead, side-taking, bravery, moral commitment, conflict management and humanitarian intervention are the words of the day. (Oberg, 2000) It is unfortunate, according to Dahlsson, that Sweden is downplaying its neutrality because ‘constructive international

in The social construction of Swedish neutrality
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Reading Close Combat
Barry Atkins

messages from the troops that they ‘Can’t go there’ or ‘We can’t hurt that’, is not going to appeal to those who were frustrated by Lara Croft’s occasional ‘no’. Even the inclusion of the term ‘real-time’ in ‘real-time strategy’ game indicates a limit that constrains. Originally used to denote the difference between this form of text where the game moves on no matter what we do or do not do (in effect reading ‘inaction’ as an ‘action’), and those earlier games which were based on two sides taking their turns independently, it has a slightly different effect in a game

in More than a game
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Richard Cust and Peter Lake

history, tout court, but who might, instead, be concerned with the relations between the centre and the localities within which the outbreak of the civil war actually took place, and in the processes of political pitch making, positioning and side taking that constituted those interactions. Finally, it is just as well to remind the reader of what this book is not doing. This is a book about the gentry and gentry political culture. For all that, at times, it concerns processes of mass petitioning and mobilisation directed in many ways towards ‘the people’, it is not a

in Gentry culture and the politics of religion
Richard Cust and Peter Lake

– had encouraged them to trust parliament rather more than a king. However, this did not mean that they had given up on the possibility of preserving peace. In this context, the Protestation – with its even-handed expression of loyalty to both king and parliament – provided the ideal touchstone for those determined to resist side-taking and civil war. While the middle-group gentry and many of the county freeholders were moving into a closer alignment with parliament, Aston and his allies were keeping a relatively low profile within the shire. Sir Edward Fitton and Sir

in Gentry culture and the politics of religion