Seventeenth-century Britain experienced considerable division and tension, most obviously in the Civil Wars in mid-century between the countries which comprised the multiple kingdom of Britain. The aim is to examine the reasons for, and the attempted resolution of, major political and religious problems, with a clear sense of the European context in which these events were played out. Topics to be studied will include the ideological clashes between crown and parliament in England; the political and cultural divisions of `court' and `country'; religious disunity across the three kingdoms; the expansion of a `public sphere' of politics and religion; the failure of republican government in the 1650s; the instability of Restoration politics and the coming of the Glorious Revolution; and Britain's changing role in Europe across the century.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 270
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
Essay 1 (3,000-words) - 16%
Essay 2 (3,000 words) - 16%
Oral Contribution - 8%
Exam (2 hours) - 60%
B Bradshaw & J Morrill (eds.) The British Problem, c.1534-1707: State Formation in the Atlantic Archipelago, 1996
R Cust & A Hughes Conflict in Early Stuart England, 1996
D Hirst Authority and Conflict: England, 1603-58, 1986
G Holmes The Making of a Great Power: Late Stuart and Early Georgian Britain, 1660-1722, 1993
C Russell The Causes of the English Civil War, 1990
J Scott Algernon Sidney and the Restoration Crisis, 1991
W Speck Reluctant Revolutionaries: Englishmen and the Revolution of 1688, 1988
D Underdown Revel, Riot and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Government in England, 1603-1660, 1987
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