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The ideals of freedom and individual rights that inspired Americas Founding Fathers did not spring from a vacuum. Along with many other defining principles of our national character, they can be traced directly back to one of the most pivotal events in British historythe late-seventeenth-century uprising known as the Glorious Revolution.

In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCulloughs 1776 and Joseph J. Elliss Founding Brothers, Michael Barone brings the story of this unlikely and largely bloodless revolt to American readers and reveals that, without the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution may never have happened.

Unfolding in 1688–1689, Britains Glorious Revolution resulted in the hallmarks of representative government, guaranteed liberties, the foundations of global capitalism, and a foreign policy of opposing aggressive foreign powers. But as Barone shows, there was nothing inevitable about the Glorious Revolution. It sprang from the character of the English people and depended on the talents, audacity, and good luck of two men: William of Orange (later William III of England), who launched historys last successful cross-channel inva sion, and John Churchill, an ancestor of Winston, who commanded the forces of the deposed James II but crossed over to support William one fateful November night.

The story of the Glorious Revolution is a rich and riveting saga of palace intrigue, loyalty and shocking betrayal, and bold political and military strategizing. With narrative drive, a sure command of historical events, and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, soldiers, parliamentarians, and a large cast of full-blooded characters, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves. Especially now, as we face enemies who wish to rid the world of the lasting legacies of the Glorious Revolutiondemocracy, individual rights, and capitalism among themit is vitally important that we understand the origins of these blessings.

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"Political journalist and historian Barone (Hard America, Soft America) elucidates the template for America's independence movement in this well-written history of its forerunner: England's Glorious Revolution of 1688. The author describes the origins of the revolution, a mostly bloodless change of government, as a mixture of religious, political and diplomatic factors. King James II's Roman Catholicism, hostility to Parliament, and French sympathies alienated an increasing number of his powerful subjects including John Churchill, later Duke of Marlborough, who invited Dutch Stadtholder William of Orange and his wife, Mary, James's sister, to intervene. Among the revolution's consequences was a Bill of Rights that limited the monarch's powers and strengthened representative government. A Toleration Act encouraged variant forms of Protestant worship. The creation of a funded national debt and the foundation of the Bank of England laid the groundwork for financial development. Involvement in the long series of wars with France moved England from a country standing apart from Europe to one that took responsibility for maintaining a continental balance of power. It was a Glorious Revolution indeed that laid the political groundwork for the world in which we now live, and Barone's lucid work honors its heritage." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Voltaire dismissed the Holy Roman Empire as not holy, Roman or an empire. Historians have long given a similar back of the hand to England's Glorious Revolution of the 1680s. It was glorious, they asserted, mostly in avoiding mass bloodshed, and compared to later revolutions in France, Russia and China, it wasn't much of a revolution.

Michael Barone disagrees. The change in English government... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Barone shines a light on the event that made possible the blessings of freedom and prosperity Americans know today. It all started with the English--and the pivotal, largely bloodless upheaval known as the Glorious Revolution.

About the Author

MICHAEL BARONE is a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to Fox News Channel. He is the principal coauthor of the biannual Almanac of American Politics and the author of Our Country, The New Americans, and Hard America, Soft America.

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mattlmt, June 10, 2007 (view all comments by mattlmt)
Although I would have preferred greater detail of the unique and slow evolution of the seven hundred year history of English liberty prior to 1689 (opposition to absolutism, the rule of law, sharing of power, rebellions, etc.), Michael Barone does a great job explaining how this 'bloodless' revolution prevented, for the last time, the possibility of absolutist rule in England.

He shows how the Glorious Revolution accelerated the progress of modern English liberties, and how our British Founding Fathers obviously and naturally used them as the basis of complaint in the Revolution, and subsequently as the cornerstone of our written constitution.

Despite the inadequacies of the Glorious Revolution three hundred plus years ago, Mr. Barone traces our modern history and liberties to it. It's well worth reading.

I would recommend this book highly, but for more detail try Kevin Phillips: The Cousins' Wars.
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ISBN:
9781400097920
Subtitle:
The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers
Author:
Barone, Michael
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General History
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Publication Date:
20070508
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Hardback
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General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
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6.5 x 6.75 x 1 in .6 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Political journalist and historian Barone (Hard America, Soft America) elucidates the template for America's independence movement in this well-written history of its forerunner: England's Glorious Revolution of 1688. The author describes the origins of the revolution, a mostly bloodless change of government, as a mixture of religious, political and diplomatic factors. King James II's Roman Catholicism, hostility to Parliament, and French sympathies alienated an increasing number of his powerful subjects including John Churchill, later Duke of Marlborough, who invited Dutch Stadtholder William of Orange and his wife, Mary, James's sister, to intervene. Among the revolution's consequences was a Bill of Rights that limited the monarch's powers and strengthened representative government. A Toleration Act encouraged variant forms of Protestant worship. The creation of a funded national debt and the foundation of the Bank of England laid the groundwork for financial development. Involvement in the long series of wars with France moved England from a country standing apart from Europe to one that took responsibility for maintaining a continental balance of power. It was a Glorious Revolution indeed that laid the political groundwork for the world in which we now live, and Barone's lucid work honors its heritage." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Barone shines a light on the event that made possible the blessings of freedom and prosperity Americans know today. It all started with the English--and the pivotal, largely bloodless upheaval known as the Glorious Revolution.
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