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It might not have turned the world upside down, but the new way of separating riders should stay

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In his 1972 book The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution, the Marxist historian Christopher Hill sought to show that the mid 17th century in England was not just a time of civil war but a time of fresh, new ideas, that  might have stuck, but didn't.

Ordinary people tried to "impose their own solutions to the problems of their time", even if many of these solutions did not last; in an era of anarchy, the world seemed turned upside down, but it did not continue.

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