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JR Jones a Professor of English History in the School of English Studies at the University of East Anglia England in Britain and Europe in the Seventeenth Century has written a very informative and interesting book Britain and Europe in the Seventeenth Century is a relatively short book that deals with the impact that Britain had on European affairs at the beginning of the seventeenth century The thesis is basically summed up in the title of the book To expand on the thesis Dr Jones emphasizes the close interdependence of Britain and Europe in the seventeenth century and shows that events at home cannot be fully understood unless they are related to developments and forces abroad In cultural and intellectual as well as political and economic matters the effect on Britain of foreign influences is for most of this period greater than that of Britain on Europe one of the main questions that Dr Jones considered when writing this book was why this relation was later reversed In looking at this period as a whole there is a clear contrast between Britains isolation and unimportance in European affairs at the beginning of the seventeenth century and Britains full involvement as a major influence after 1688 This involves intellectual and political matters European intellectual developments during the first part of the century did not significantly affect the main part of English life and English influences on Europe were negligible The only groups interested in developments in Europe were minorities who were dissatisfied with the established order in Britain For most of these Puritans the Calvinist churches of Europe provided the model which they hoped to establish in England During James Is reign they were inspired by Dutch divines and encouraged in their opposition to royal policies In economic and intellectual matters Scotland was basically a colony of Holland But the partly formed Calvinist international to which English Puritans and Scottish Presbyterians belonged together with German Czech
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