Historian Perez Zagorin Was Expert On English Revolution (Obit)

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Perez Zagorin, 88, a leading historian of the 17th-century English Revolution and a critic of Marxist interpretations of history, died April 26 at George Washington University Hospital of complications following open-heart surgery. He lived in Washington.

Since 1992, Dr. Zagorin had been a research fellow at the University of Virginia's Edgar F. Shannon Center for Advanced Studies. He established his reputation as a prominent scholar in 1954 with "A History of Political Thought in the English Revolution."

Other books, including "The Court and the Country: The Beginning of the English Revolution" (1969) and the two-volume "Rebels and Rulers: 1500-1600" (1982), examined political and ideological trends across Europe.

His 1999 book about the 17th-century English philosopher Francis Bacon was praised in the British Times Literary Supplement as "the best single-volume study available."

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