Events of 1688–1689 in England: Revolution, Coup d'etat or Conquest?

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The Glorious Revolution of 1688–1689 in England became one of the most important turning events in the history of the country that determined the disputes about its nature. For three centuries there were discussions about whether or not it was a full-scaled revolution, or coup d'etat, or act of conquest. Based on the dominant ideas in the world historiography, the author conducts a comparative analysis of each of these views on the events of the late seventeenth century. The article also examines the origin of the definition "the Glorious Revolution", which is not connected with the modern concept of "revolution" and is a tribute to the semantic tradition. As a result it is concluded that the Glorious Revolution is neither revolution, nor coup, nor conquest. Therefore, the only right solution is the idea of synthesis of these three concepts. The events of 1688–1689 have all the features of a revolution that led to the final consolidation of the political culture of England as constitutional monarchy with the
Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)358-369
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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