The English Civil Wars - an introduction
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH44
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this course we will assess the social, economic and political impact of the Civil Wars, with a particular focus on England, and England’s allys in Scotland and Ireland. We will explore traditional topics such as Charles’s relationship with Parliament the rise of the New Model Army and radical sects like the Diggers, but also bring into focus some recent historical themes in Civil War history, such as the role of women and the colourful propaganda pamphlets and petitions produced in the era.
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?
• The ‘Wars of the Three Kingdoms:’ England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland and the Civil Wars
• Parliament and Charles I
• Oliver Cromwell, Puritanism and the New Model Army
• Civil War pamphleteering and propaganda
• The Levellers, the Putney Debates and the Agreements of the People
• Women Petitioners and the role of women during the Civil Wars
• Radical Thinkers: The Diggers
• Royalist defeat and the 1649 execution of Charles I
• The Confederate Wars: Cromwell’s Irish campaigns.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Assess the social, religious and economic factors that led to the English Civil War
• Evaluate the significance of Scotland and Ireland in this period
• Explain the significance of Oliver Cromwell and the New Model Army
• Assess the role of women in the Civil Wars
• Evaluate the reasons for the Royalists’ defeat and the execution of Charles I
• Explain the significance of Cromwell’s Irish campaigns.
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?
Other courses in English, Scottish and Irish history. Please see the City Lit website.