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Title: Cambridgeshire society during the first and second Civil Wars c.1638-c.1649 : some aspects of patterns of allegiance.
Author: Sadler, Susan Lyn.
Awarding Body: Anglia Polytechnic University
Current Institution: Anglia Ruskin University
Date of Award: 1998
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The subject under examination is the effect of Cambridgeshire's experience of war firstl. on local allegiances, and secondly, on allegiance studies. This thesis argues for the necessity of a new analytical model in three stages. Part I For too long historians have discussed Civil War allegiances, while side-stepping the most ntractable problem the endeavour presents; the differentiation of external action (acti\ ism) from inward conviction (allegiance). The Introduction discusses the implications of this undifferentiated approach, introduces a new analytical model, and exam! nes two common denominators in the interaction between Cambridgeshire peoples expression of allegiances and the circumstances of place and time. Chapter One portrays Cambridgeshire's pre-Civil War topography, and the potential mental lands. apes of its inhabitants. Chapter Two relays the county's political narrative, from 1638-1646, as it is characterized in existing histories. These chapters create the axes through which the themes subsequently analysed are measured. Part II The fi rst Civil War in Cambridgeshire is analysed from different perspectives, identi lying factors that might effect existing ideas on Civil War allegiances. Chapter Three re-evaluates the outbreak and initial phase of the War. Chapter four assesses how the impact of war on Cambridgeshire affected the expression of allegiances. Chapters Five and Six examine how local people were labelled as the enemy. Chapter Five demonstrates the contortions Parliamentarians were forced into to maintain power against Royalists, rioters and each other. Chapter Six addresses the spirit! ial dimension of allegiance and enmities. Part III Chapter Seven draws together the threads of Part II in its narrative of Cambridgeshire durin; , the second Civil War. It illustrates that county borders obstruct a coherent retelling of local events, and charts analytical blind-spots through local perceptions of royal i>t resistance, crystallizing the structure of boundaries recast for the analysis of allegi: inces.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.263991  DOI: Not available
Keywords: History History
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