“Neither Our Civil State nor Our Ecclesiastical System Will Ever Be the Same”: the Events of the Glorious Revolution of 1688—1689 in the New England Colonies
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“Neither Our Civil State nor Our Ecclesiastical System Will Ever Be the Same”: the Events of the Glorious Revolution of 1688—1689 in the New England Colonies
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Irina Khruleva 
Affiliation: Lomonosov Moscow State University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow

The article is devoted to the course of events of the Glorious Revolution in 1688—1689 in the colonies of New England and the ideological rationale for the uprising in Boston on April 18, 1689, which overthrew the power of the governor-general of the New England Dominion and proclaimed a return to the order that existed before the withdrawal of the charter of 1629. Based on the analysis of numerous pamphlets and sermons of this period, the author of the article comes to the conclusion that the uprising against the despotic regime was caused by the desire of the colonists of Massachusetts to protect the ancestral rights of the subjects of the English crown, above all, the right of private property and the right to representative government, while the religious rhetoric of Puritan authors faded into the background during the events of the Glorious Revolution. Refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the new government in Massachusetts, William III understood the need for a compromise with the colonial elite to stabilize the situation, for which he granted Massachusetts a new charter in 1691.

Glorious Revolution, New England, colonial period of US history, British Empire, colonial policy, Dominion of New England, British America, colonial charters
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