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Culture and Power in England, 1585-1685 by R. Malcolm Smuts

Culture and Power in England, 1585-1685

Part of the Social History in Perspective Series


Culture and Power in England, 1585-1685 by R. Malcolm Smuts

This book provides a fresh synthesis of relationships between cultural history and politics, from the eve of the Armada to the death of Charles II in 1685. It rejects whiggish and Marxist teleologies that have shaped previous accounts of this subject and emphasises instead the diversity of cultural perspectives available in the period; the role played by concepts of honour, law, divine providence and humanist scholarship; the profound importance of religious tensions in shaping political imagination; and the growing cultural importance of conflict and partisanship during and after the Civil War.


'A lively guide for undergraduates and a sophisticated and original synthesis to stimulate researchers.' - Times Higher Educational Supplement'

About the Author

R. MALCOLM SMUTS is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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Publication date

10th August 1999


R. Malcolm Smuts

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Palgrave Macmillan


224 pages


Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
Constitution: government & the state
Cultural studies



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