17th century England, revolution and restoration: the English Civil Wars

Course Dates: 02/11/22 - 07/12/22
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
This course constitutes a general introduction to the 1642 – 1651 English Civil Wars, with reference to the social, political and religious factors that influenced it.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HBH22

Wed, eve, 02 Nov - 07 Dec '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will assess the social impact of the Civil Wars on England, including the collapse of censorship, class relations and the status of women. We will explore England’s relationship with Scotland and Ireland, the rise of Oliver Cromwell and the New Model Army, and the significance of radical thinkers like the Levellers.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Parliament, the crown and shifts in power
• The ‘middling sort’: society and social class in the 1600s
• Oliver Cromwell, Puritanism and the New Model Army
• Civil War pamphleteering and propaganda
• The Levellers, the Putney Debates and the Agreements of the People
• The ‘Witchfinder General:’ Matthew Hopkins, witchcraft and gender
• Women Petitioners and the role of women during the Civil Wars
• Radical Thinkers: The Quakers, Diggers, Ranters, and Muggletonians
• Royalist defeat and the 1649 public execution of Charles I
• Cromwell’s Irish campaigns.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Critically assess the social, religious and economic factors that led to the English Civil War
• Comprehend the roles of Scotland and Ireland
• Evaluate the significance of Oliver Cromwell and the New Model Army
• Assess the significance of ‘radical’ thinkers and democracy
• Assess the role of women and perceptions of womenhood in the 1600s
• Assess the reasons for Royalists’ defeat and execution of Charles I
• Be able to critically assess retrospective historical views on the English Civil War and modern democracy
• Have a basic comprehension of variations in the English language used in sources from the period.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Informally through class based debates and discussions in a positive learning environment. You will be provided with extracts from texts, which will include both contemporary and historiographical sources, and guidance on how to read Civil War sources. You will also be provided with a reading list.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook to class if you wish to make notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH2317th Century England, Revolution and Restoration: Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate.

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