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To an extraordinary extent everyone in Britain still lives under the shadow of the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688. It was a massive, brutal and terrifying event, which completely changed the governments of England, Scotland and Ireland and which was only achieved through overwhelming violence. Revolution brilliantly captures the sense that this was a great turning point in Britain's history, but also shows how severe a price was paid to achieve this.
Tim Harris is Professor of History at Brown University, Rhode Island. He previously taught for some years at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His last book was the widely praised Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms, 1660-1685 (published simultaneously with Revolution in paperback) which is a prelude to the current book.