British History 1660–1832: National Identity and Local by Alexander Murdoch

By Alexander Murdoch

This can be an interpretative examine of the assumption of england, studying the transformation of a sectarian suggestion into an imperial ideology cast in the course of a interval of sustained war in Europe and ever-expanding parts past Europe through the moment half the Eighteenth century. It seeks to ascertain constitutional background from a non-Anglocentric point of view and to relocate it to historiographical advancements in Social historical past and the heritage of principles. according to greater than 25 years of study, it seeks to envision severely an idea which more and more has come less than public debate in the past decade.

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Under the rule of Charles II the Episcopalian churches of England, Scotland and Ireland were restored, but nowhere were they restored absolutely. 27 The British monarchy presided ever after over a pluralist religious regime, albeit one in which there were favoured churches supported by the monarchy and the state. Much of real Restoration policy concerned the elaboration of a religious settlement which would become as subtle and subject to almost imperceptible alterations in emphasis as Charles II himself.

Charles II restored the multiple kingdoms because his father had ruled them as separate kingdoms and the English New Model Army had not. His reign was all about restoration of a sense of continuity in the aftermath of fundamental change. The Restoration regime was as gaudy and superficial as the monarch himself, but embodied also his detached assessment of his kingdoms and what was necessary to keep them at peace. He was King of England first, but like his father saw his additional realms as resources to be drawn upon to maintain his authority and give him a degree of independence from his over-mighty English subjects.

31 Not all Irish politicians shared his perspective, and were quick to advise the King and his ministers that the Protestant interest in Ireland could only be undermined at their peril. The tensions in Irish society during the Restoration were most noticeable, not surprisingly, in the land settlement administered by the new regime. Many Protestants had not been Royalists and had received lands taken from those who were. Many Royalists were Catholic and could claim restitution of their lands on the basis of political loyalty rather than religious uniformity.

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