New: Englands Century Of Revolution
Civil wars, the trial and execution of Charles I, the
abolition of the House of Lords and the declaration
of a Republic Oliver Cromwells protectorate and
the return of monarchy make the 17th Century
one of the most turbulent and exciting in British
history, and provides an essential cornerstone for
understanding how freedom of speech, a free press,
and democracy were born in these islands. We will
explore why the civil war and regicide occurred and
the long-lasting legacies of the 17th century on the
development of parliamentary government and civil
liberties in Britain.
Who is this course for
The course would be suitable for anyone with an interest in History in general and the History of London in particular. No previous experience or knowledge will be assumed and the course would suit people new to studying History or for more experience students with a particular interest in the topic. There are no formal assessment requirements, but there will be reading for the classes, so you will need to have English language skills equivalent to at least Level 2 in order to fully benefit from the course
What does this course cover
The course will cover: Stuart England before the civil war; the calling of the Long parliament; London, centre of rebellion; the birth of radicalism; the outbreak of civil war; how parliament won the war; the crisis of Parliament; the revolt of the army; Revolution.
The emphasis will be on a clear chronology of events, explaining the successive crisis which brought revolution to the English society. It will concentrate on the way in which ordinary people 'turned the world upside down', in the contemporary phrase. Women preachers, agitators elected by their fellow soldiers, hedge priests and radical pamphleteers will be at the heart of this story about how modern democratic thought exploded into early modern England.
By the end of the course attendees will be able to understand the causes of the English revolution and its place in British history; to explain the role of the radicals in the events of the 1640s; to have developed an understanding the role of democratic and republican ideas in the events which led to the execution of Charles I and to account for the return of the monarchy in 1660.
What will it be like
The course is an interactive mixture of tutor exposition, class discussion and group/pair work. Videos and clips will be used to supplement some of these class based activities. There are opportunities for further discussion and reading outside of the class via the course's Moodle website.
We will assess your expectations of the course in the first sessions. Thereafter, you will be able to monitor your progress on the course through participation in class discussion, questions and answers and in-class exercises. At the end of the course, you will be able to measure your progress against the stated outcomes for the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
The course will draw on the tutor's book 'The Leveller Revolution, radical political organisation in England 1640-1650' (Verso, 2016) so it would be useful to have a copy of this. In addition to this it would be useful to consult Christopher Hill's 'A Century of Revolution' (Routledge Classics). Handouts an other resources will be made available in the class.
What this course could lead to
Further courses in the History section of the College or to further study of courses in the broad field of Humanities and Social Sciences, such as History, Economics, Literature or Philosophy
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
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