Were the Commonwealth and the Protectorate doomed from the start?

This is one of the great ‘what if’ questions of British history. Could the Commonwealth and the subsequent Protectorate have survived after the death of Oliver Cromwell on 3rd September 1658, or was it doomed to failure from the beginning?

In our series ‘The Big Questions’, we invite distinguished historians to answer such critical important questions. Here well-known authority David J. Appleby, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham takes up the challenge. He discusses the political, military and economic challenges that controlled the Republic experiment and the vacuum created by Cromwell’s death – which was compounded by the lack of a popular plan of what came next.

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Were the Commonwealth and the Protectorate doomed from the start?
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David J. Appleby

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr David J. Appleby is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, where he was previously Lecturer in Early Modern British History for seventeen years….

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