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National Confusion over the Issues of the English Restoration

Title: National Confusion over the Issues of the English Restoration.
Name(s): Neilson, Joanna T., author
Garretson, Peter P., professor directing dissertation
O’Sullivan, Patrick, outside committee member
Sommerville, C. John, committee member
Singh, Bawa Satinder, committee member
Strait, Paul W., committee member
Department of History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Summary: This dissertation focuses on the development of political culture in the early Restoration. I examine authors from across the religious and political spectrum who voiced their support for, criticisms of, doubts about, and rejections of the reestablishment of the monarchy and the Church of England. Using a wide range of sources, including verse, sermons, almanacs, and political tracts, I argue that the commentary was far more rich and varied than previous scholars have suggested. While giving adequate attention to the major radical tracts of the period 1660 to 1663, this study also illuminates the previously largely ignored voices who supported the Restoration but did not agree with how officials were trying to shape England. Arranged thematically, the four chapters address different aspects of the Restoration. Chapter One examines the attempts to define Charles II's return. Chapter Two discusses the government's efforts to replace national memory of the recent past with myth and the spectrum of authors who disagreed with this approach, instead using the past three decades as fruitful material for their publications and means of expressing critical or dissenting opinions. Chapter Three examines the expectations Charles II and England had for the Restoration and the monarch's partial success in fulfilling these expectations. Chapter Four investigates Restoration ideas of obedience to the government and the Church of England. In the Conclusions I argue that the Restoration was significant because contemporaries thought that it was. This dissertation has demonstrated the deep involvement of the press in spreading materials that discussed the important issues of the day and the wide range of opinions available to the English people. This period of civil discourse was necessary for the beginning of an opposition that did not want the downfall of the government or a radical change in the Church of England. I believe this method provides a new approach for interpreting the Restoration.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2687 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: January 25, 2005.
Keywords: Restoration England, Charles II, Political Culture, Restoration
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Peter P. Garretson, Professor Directing Dissertation; Patrick O’Sullivan, Outside Committee Member; C. John Sommerville, Committee Member; Bawa Satinder Singh, Committee Member; Paul W. Strait, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Neilson, J. T. (2005). National Confusion over the Issues of the English Restoration. Retrieved from