Fire Under The Ashes: An Atlantic History Of The English Revolution

Hardcover | November 15, 2013

byJohn Donoghue

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In Fire under the Ashes, John Donoghue recovers the lasting significance of the radical ideas of the English Revolution, exploring their wider Atlantic history through a case study of Coleman Street Ward, London. Located in the crowded center of seventeenth-century London, Coleman Street Ward was a hotbed of political, social, and religious unrest. There among diverse and contentious groups of puritans a tumultuous republican underground evolved as the political means to a more perfect Protestant Reformation. But while Coleman Street has long been recognized as a crucial location of the English Revolution, its importance to events across the Atlantic has yet to be explored.

Prominent merchant revolutionaries from Coleman Street led England’s imperial expansion by investing deeply in the slave trade and projects of colonial conquest. Opposing them were other Coleman Street puritans, who having crossed and re-crossed the ocean as colonists and revolutionaries, circulated new ideas about the liberty of body and soul that they defined against England’s emergent, political economy of empire. These transatlantic radicals promoted social justice as the cornerstone of a republican liberty opposed to both political tyranny and economic slavery—and their efforts, Donoghue argues, provided the ideological foundations for the abolitionist movement that swept the Atlantic more than a century later.

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In Fire under the Ashes, John Donoghue recovers the lasting significance of the radical ideas of the English Revolution, exploring their wider Atlantic history through a case study of Coleman Street Ward, London. Located in the crowded center of seventeenth-century London, Coleman Street Ward was a hotbed of political, social, and rel...

John Donoghue is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago specializing in the history of the early modern Atlantic world. He lives in Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.26 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226157652

ISBN - 13:9780226157658

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Part I
1          Reformation Work
2          Colonization and Its Discontents: The English Atlantic before the English Revolution
3          “To Engage You All to Rise Up in Your Might”: The Outbreak of the English Revolution
4          “Monsters,” “Savages,” and “Turbulent Carriages”: The Revolutionary Atlantic in Motion
 
Part II
5          “An Arrow against All Tyrants”: Popular Republicanism and the English Revolution
6          “That Crimson Stream of Blood”: The Imperial Turn of the English Revolution
7          “The Axe Is Laid to the Root”: Freedom against Slavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic
 
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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“Donogue’s engaging monograph explores the connections between Coleman Street Ward in London and the revolutionary English Atlantic. Donogue gives a voice to a number of members within this group and presents a superb demonstration of how local and global forces interacted. . . . this book does offer an interesting and visceral account of a radical Atlantic world.”