Trevelyan makes the Revolution of 1588-89, which brought William and Mary to the throne of England, the turning point in English social history, when England made the choice between royal absolutism, as expressed by James II and parliamentary government. This Revolution gave ordered and legal freedom, power, a free constritution, a chance for maritime and commercial enterprise. It brought her into parity with France, and launched her on her accession to first world power. This is a purely political and economic study: there is virtually nothing of the social conditions, nothing of the personalities that dominated the stage. An important study for scholars, but not aimed at the general reading public.