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The rise of the new model Army

The rise of the new model Army

Kishlansky, Mark A

This is a meticulously-researched and highly controversial study of the origins and development of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary politics during the English Civil War. Professor Kishlansky challenges the fundamental assumptions upon which all previous interpretations of this period have been based. It is his contention that during the years 1643-6, Parliament operated on a model of consensus rather than on one of party conflict as has been traditionally assumed. The New Model Army was thus the product of compromise and, Professor Kishlansky argues, it embodied the ideology that created it. The political invention of the Army occurred only after the machine of consensus politics had broken down with Parliament. The New Model Army, perpetuating the belief in consensus and balance but also representing its own interests, then became one of many factions competing for dominance

Book. English.
Published Cambridge [Eng.; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979
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Statement of responsibility: Mark A. Kishlansky
ISBN: 0521227518, 9780521227513
Note: Includes index.
Note: Bibliography: p. 350-364.
Physical Description: xv, 377 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Great Britain. Army History 17th century.; Great Britain History Civil War, 1642-1649.


  1. Preface
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Part I. Parliament Truimphant: 1. The parliamentary cause
  4. 2. The creation of the new model army
  5. 3. The triumph of the new model army
  6. 4. The assault on parliamentary politics
  7. Part II. Parliament Eclispsed: 5. The collapse of parliamentary politics
  8. 6. The reign of parties
  9. 7. The rise of the new model army
  10. 8. The emergence of radical politics
  11. Conclusion
  12. Notes
  13. Bibliography
  14. Index.