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    D. Szechi(Author) Daniel Szechi(Author)
This work provides a pan-European survey of the Jacobite phenomenon. It examines Jacobitism in all three kingdoms - and offers an interpretation of the impact of the Jacobites on the history of Britain and Europe. This book also provides a survey of the debates that still surround the subject and acquaints the student with the most recent writing and research. Szechi explains what Jacobitism was and what it did. He then goes on to examine who the Jacobites were, particularly focusing on their socio-economic status, social networks and religious affiliations. He also looks in detail at the ideology of Jacobitism and the rediscovered voice of popular Jacobitism. Additionally, such areas as the Irish dimension and the Jacobite diaspora are explored. This textbook aims to lead students clearly and thoroughly through one of the most complex subjects in 18th century history.

Daniel Szechi is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Manchester

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  • By Junius on 4 April 2009

    This is a very good introductory text to anyone seriously interested in the topic. The author covers the entire period of the Jacobite era, and there are extracts from key documents reproduced here. The author is a well known historian of the period and the book reflects his expertise. One can quibble at details, yet taken overall, it is a very useful book, covering all of Britain and also the European dimension. It is true that there is not great detail here, but this is not the point. This is very much an overview, and a useful one at that. Anyone studying the period at school or university would be strongly recommended to read this. The author also points out debates and different schools of historical thought and there's a good bibliography - inevitably dated, of course, because there has been so much written after publication - including the author's excellent history of the Fifteen.This is also very much an impartial history, though the author is clearly sceptical about the chances of Jacobite success, and doubtless rightly so.

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