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To what extent was a revolution in England between 1642 and 1688?

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To what extent was a revolution in England between 1642 and 1688? What was the English revolution really a revolution? Or was it selfish men trying to steal power from each other? Where were the limits to the revolution introduced? In the dictionary, a revolution is described as: "A revolution is a violent attempt by a group of people to change the political system of the country, a complete turn that is an important change in an area of human activity." So was what I've studied in the section fit that definition, well I can't yet say a definite answer until I have analysed the events carefully. However, I do think that the definition is correct though it wasn't a whole turn of the country because different leaders of England constantly repeated many things. Also, it's not right to say that this was set particularly on a political matter there were many other large issues that surrounded. I wonder if people who were not a member of the public wanted a war to take place because they seemed eager to fight any opposition to get power for them. ...read more.

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However, if you look at1688 the points are stricter: * Must call Parliament every three years * Cannot be a Catholic * Cannot raise without Parliament's consent * Cannot have an army in peacetime * Chosen by Parliament * Cannot suspend laws You'll see that there is more control of Parliament and when you compare the difference that it is the complete opposite to each statement. However the revolution extended to a limit, it wasn't a total turn over to the political system because many laws abided by the Kings in 1642 were still used by Parliament and obeyed by many through Britain. The only thing that had a major change was religion, which through the past years has being altering with the leaders of the country. The revolution in my opinion, took a step towards control, I think Britain needed strict laws because anybody who was anybody was doing things out of the country's limits. Especially the Kings, who thought that they had the right to treat the public as their personal bank, to get money that the people themselves, who probably cannot afford the price asked. ...read more.

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Parliament looked like angels at the this stage, giving way for the Royals however they were slowly getting the power needed to over rule and ordering things that the King obeyed! In 1646, the Royalists were defeated by the Parliament in the first leg of the Civil War and then the second started in 1648 however was also ended by Parliament by 1649, when Charles was held on a trial. Many people would argue that this was a very unfair and ludicrous act because Charles was the king, could it be possible to charge a King in his own courts for action that he himself did not do and for actions that Parliament also done. Between 1649 and 1660 Britain didn't have a monarch, it was a Republic because many people didn't have an idea how to control a disaster. Though, Oliver Cromwell a smart man with ideas was noticed and advised to be the next leader. Never the less, many were afraid that he would be similar to Charles as things started repeating itself, with the equivalent problems recurring. It looked from a point that there was going to be another rebellion. Cromwell realising this fled to another country. ...read more.

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