theanglodutchmovement - In ",General Introduction to...

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In “‘General Introduction’ to The Anglo-Dutch Moment ”, Jonathan Israel addresses the subject of whether “everything of significance which happens in England [is] due to English causes.” 1 He asserts that this statement is far from true and illustrates the major example of the English Revolution. Israel claims that this revolution was nearly entirely impacted by outside, European, influences such as “the Dutch Stadholder…the State’s General… Emperor Leopold, Brandenburg, Brunswick, Hanover, Denmark, Spain, Savoy, and other European powers.” 2 Declaring that all these influences “played a crucial role from the beginning to the end of the English Revolution” 3 , Israel fails to illustrate each of their involvements. Instead, he focuses mainly on the impact of the Prince of Orange’s Declaration. Although he supports this one argument very well with evidence and fact, Israel falls short on tying his initial thesis, the role of multiple outside interventions, into his supporting arguments. Israel begins by illustrating England’s doubt and basic ignorance of such a Revolution. After the Prince of Orange sent his document of The Declaration to England, the response was not favoring. Israel exemplifies the famous seven bishops, historically known for their involvement in the revolution. He reveals how, ironically, they all initially “turned against the
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