Abstract

abstract:

This essay examines the polemical history of the London apprentices' "Force on Parliament" of July 26, 1647. Despite its relatively minor political impact, the Force took on a profound significance in partisan print as contemporary polemicists appropriated its events to fit a variety of conflicting ideological narratives. Ultimately, these debates contributed to a massive revival in English print production during the fall of 1647. Although modern historians have not addressed this element of the Force's political legacy, this case study suggests that a more sustained commitment to the manifold connections between politics and polemic during the English Revolution might yield considerable scholarly dividends.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1544-399X
Print ISSN
0018-7895
Pages
pp. 221-247
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-30
Open Access
No
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