Tuesday, 20 September 2011
A Short Review of Regicide and Republic-England 1603 -1660 Graham E Seel Cambridge Perspectives in History 2001.
This short book is a decent account of a very complex historical event. The book is part of Cambridge Perspectives in History and is aimed at AS and A Level history students. The author Graham E Seel covers the period from 1603 to 1660.
Seel explains well the complex religious and political developments such as the remarkable execution of Charles I, civil war and the introduction of a republican form of government.
The book is well laid out and is beautifully illustrated with generous and interesting pictures.
The book was published in 2001 and this is reflected in the large number of quotes from revisionist and post revisionist historians.
This comes as no surprise as the revisionists tend to dominate this particular historical field at the moment. The book does contain a chapter on economic questions which again is a rarity but is to be welcomed anyway.
The book is very light on historiography but does at least give a very basic run down of the various schools of thought on the civil war. Seel does issue a valuable piece of advice in that it is important for any new student of the subject to study the historian before you study the history.