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Politics and Society in Great Yarmouth 1660–1722$
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Perry Gauci

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206057.001.0001

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The Challenge of the Restoration: 1660–74

The Challenge of the Restoration: 1660–74

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Politics and Society in Great Yarmouth 1660–1722


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After years of civil unrest, the only certain prediction which could have been made concerning the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 was that it would usher in a period of painful transition. A recent authoritative account of this key period has suggested that it was a landmark in determining the character of local government. It is discussed that a predominantly royalist gentry seized the opportunity provided by their leader's return to push through a succession of punitive measures against the enemies of Church and State. The most important advance in recent Restoration historiography is a realization that the process of settlement was not only decisively conditioned by divisions at the centre, but was also compromised by the response of the provinces.

Keywords:   civil unrest, monarchy, local government, cities, towns, historiography

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