Tutor: John Cooper
Module type: Period Topic
Module code: HIS00038C
How far did ordinary people participate in the politics of their day? This module examines the crowd and popular politics in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Until the mid-twentieth century, scholarship tended to focus on ‘great men’ – rulers, statesmen, thinkers – as the prime movers of historical change. More recently, historians have become aware that epochal events such as the Reformation and the English revolution were also shaped by ordinary men and women. Why did some crowds oppose religious reform, while others collaborated with it? How did people below the élite respond to the revolutionary politics of the mid-seventeenth century?
The provisional outline for the module is as follows:
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