Why did Republican rule fail?

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  • Why did Republican Rule fail?
    • Theoretical
      • Lacked Legitimacy
      • England did not want change
      • Was similar to the monarchy, but without the tradition attatched
      • Didn't  represent the demands of the majority.
      • Lacked the support of the Political Nation.
    • Physical
      • The Rump did very little
      • Required a standing army
      • High levels of taxation needed
      • Wars in Scotland, Ireland and against the Dutch
      • Could not agree on proposed reforms.
      • Failed to satisfy  Traditionalists and Radicals.
  • Richard Cromwell was an ineffective leader


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