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Central Government and the Localities: Hampshire 1649-1689 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History)

Central Government and the Localities: Hampshire 1649-1689 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History)

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Andrew M. Coleby
Cambridge University Press, 7/18/2002
EAN 9780521890847, ISBN10: 0521890845

Paperback, 284 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

This book is a study of centre-local interaction, based upon the experience of the people of an English county, during a very turbulent period in their history. The work revolves around: the relationship between centre and locality, and the partisan use of local institutions and sentiment for 'national' ends. Dr Coleby combines administrative and political history, and establishes with unusual rigour and clarity the nature of the late-seventeenth-century English polity. Whilst there have been many county studies of the early Stuart and Civil War periods, few accounts hitherto have looked at the situation both before and after the restoration of Charles II in 1660. Dr Coleby argues for the continuity of governmental concerns throughout the later seventeenth century, and challenges received wisdom about the relative local efficiency of Interregnum and Restoration regimes.

List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction and prologue
Part I. The Interregnum
1. Local office-holding 1649–60
2. The enforcement of policy 1649–60
3. Government and county 1649–60
Part II. The Restoration
4. Local office-holding 1660–78
5. The enforcement of policy 1660–78
6. Court and county 1660–78
Part III. From the Popish Plot to the Revolution of 1688
7. Local office-holding 1679–88
8. The enforcement of policy 1679–88
9. Court and county 1679–88
Epilogue and conclusion
Bibliography
Index.