Blair Worden

Fear of Foreigners

Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English Civil War

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Over the past fifty or sixty years, interpretations of the English Civil War, which have always been controversial, have become so in a new sense. Previously the disputes were about the rights and wrongs of the war. Now they are about the causes of its outbreak and course. Historians are expected to have, not a preference for one side, but an analytical line.

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