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State Formation in Early Modern England, C.1550-1700
The seventeenth century has always been seen as important for the development of the modern English state. Over the past twenty years, however, this view has been criticized heavily and no general account of the development of the state in this period has yet emerged. On the basis of a wide-ranging synthesis of specialist work in diverse fields of English, British and colo ...more
Published August 3rd 2010 by Cambridge University Press
(first published December 7th 2000)
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I appreciate Braddick's careful theorizing and synthesis. I've taken away a lot of helpful information and my understanding of state formation is much more accurate than it was before reading this book. But it's an infuriating read. It's like 5 books in one and the passive voice (necessary here considering the agent-less action that Braddick is describing) is very annoying. It's certainly not an easy read but this book is important to Early Modern English historiography.