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The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 03)

By: Thomas Babington Macaulay

The History of England from the Accession of James the Second (1848) is the full title of the five-volume work by Lord Macaulay (1800–1859) more generally known as The History of England. It covers the 17-year period from 1685 to 1702, encompassing the reign of James II, the Glorious Revolution, the coregency of William III and Mary II, and up to William III's death. This is the third chapter in Macaulay’s great History of England from the Accession of James II. In this chapter Macaulay looks at the state of the nation in 1685. He discusses the population, the revenue, the military system, the roads, the inns, the coaches, the great cities and, of course London, its coffee houses and first experiments in street lighting. An interesting diversion from Macaulays’s usual obsession with politics but worry not, he still manages to crowbar some political intriguing into this chapter.

Macaulay's approach to writing the History was innovative for his period. He consciously fused the picturesque, dramatic style of classical historians such as Thucydides and Tacitus with the learned and factual approach of his 18th-century precursors such as Hume, following the plan laid out in his own 1828 "Essay on History".

 

The History is famous for its brilliant ringing prose and for its confident, sometimes dogmatic, emphasis on a progressive model of British history. According to this view, England threw off superstition, autocracy and confusion to create a balanced constitution and a forward-looking culture combined with freedom of belief and expression. This model of human progress has been called the Whig interpretation of history.

Books in 'The History of England, from the Accession of James the Second' series
  1. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 01) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 02) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  3. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 03) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  4. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 04) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  5. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 1, Chapter 05) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  6. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 2, Chapter 06) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  7. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 2, Chapter 07) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  8. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 2, Chapter 08) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  9. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 2, Chapter 09) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  10. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 2, Chapter 10) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  11. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 3, Chapter 11) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  12. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 3, Chapter 12) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  13. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 3, Chapter 13) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  14. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 3, Chapter 14) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  15. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 3, Chapter 15) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  16. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 3, Chapter 16) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  17. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 4, Chapter 17) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  18. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 4, Chapter 18) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  19. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 4, Chapter 19) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  20. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 4, Chapter 20) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  21. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 4, Chapter 21) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  22. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 4, Chapter 22) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  23. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 5, Chapter 23) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  24. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 5, Chapter 24) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  25. The History of England, from the Accession of James II - (Volume 5, Chapter 25) by Thomas Babington Macaulay

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Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay was a British historian and Whig politician. He is considered primarily responsible for introducing the Western education system in India. He wrote extens...

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