17th century England, revolution and restoration: Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH23
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will explore the cultural, religious, and social dynamics of Cromwell’s personality, the Protectorate and
the C17th Comonwealth. We will consider issues of social, religious and political change and continuity, and the role
of the army in English society. We will also explore Cromwell’s relationship with European powers, and the drive for
imperial expansion, which has until recently often been underplayed by historians.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Cromwell: militarism, personality, and power
• The ‘court of Oliver Cromwell’ - an interregnum?
• Law and order: the ‘standing army’ and English society
• Puritanism, religious tolerance and dissent
• Concepts of class and gender
• Culture and society
• Europe and diplomacy
• The Commonwealth and imperial expansion
• The impact of the Protectorate on Ireland and the Caribbean
• Cromwell, Charles II and Scotland
• The Protectorate and the failure of succession.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Evaluate the impact of the Protectorate on English society
• Critically assess the concept of the Protectorate as an interregnum
• Demonstrate understanding of the controversy surrounding Cromwell’s Irish campaigns
• Assess the role and status of the army during the Protectorate
• Evaluate issues of change and continuity in the case of religious tolerance
• Assess the extent of social stability in the period
• Explain the reasons for the failure of the succession.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of the topic is necessary – an open mind and a willingness to engage in discussions is all that is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through interactive lectures and discussions. You will be taught online via weekly sessions. Google Classroom will be available with resources including weekly slides and articles, should you wish to further your knowledge of the topic.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH41 17th century England, Revolution and Restoration: the Stuart Restoration.