Andrew Hopper

in Turncoats and Renegadoes

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199575855
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744617 | DOI:

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This final chapter briefly addresses the impact of the Restoration upon memories of civil‐war side‐changing, as royalists and parliamentarians alike attempted in retrospect to make sense of their decisions in a changed political environment. By the later seventeenth century a more widespread cynical acceptance of the need to shift one's allegiance had emerged, largely because of the civil wars, and individuals became more adept at changing sides. The chapter then offers some observations of the legacy of the phenomenon. More modern comparisons are raised with side‐changing during the French and American Revolutions and the American Civil War, whilst the continued modern significance of side‐changing in contemporary politics and warfare is underlined.

Keywords: memory; impact; significance; consequences; legacy; civil war; Restoration; politics; revolution; American

Chapter.  3908 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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