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Lec 1 - General Introduction

"Lec 1 - General Introduction"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson provides an introduction to the course. He briefly discusses the main features of the political and social landscape of early modern England and then summarizes the broad social and structural changes that occurred during the period. Professor...
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Lec 2 -The Tree of Commonwealth

Lec 2 -The Tree of Commonwealth: The Social Order in the Sixteenth Century Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson provides a broad sketch of the social order of early modern England, focusing on the hierarchical language of estates and degrees and the more communitarian ideal of the commonwealth by which society was...
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Lec 3 - Households: Structures, Prioriti ...

"Lec 3 - Households: Structures, Priorities, Strategies, Roles"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson lectures on the structures of households in early modern England. Differentiating between urban and rural households, the households of great lords and those of yeoman, husbandmen, and craftsmen, the varying...
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Lec 4 - Communities: Key Institutions an ...

"Lec 4 - Communities: Key Institutions and Relationships"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson begins by discussing how modern perceptions of the 'traditional' community have informed the manner in which the early modern social landscape is discussed. From here he moves on to address the lived reality of community...
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Lec 5 -Countries

Lec 5 -Countries and Nation: Social and Economic Networks and the Urban System Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson discusses local particularism and regionalism in early modern England and highlights the importance of local customs and economic patterns. He then focuses on the manner in which these local areas,...
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Lec 6 - The Structures of Power

"Lec 6 - The Structures of Power"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson begins by discussing recent trends in English political history, which has expanded from focusing solely on institutions to include analysis of political culture. After this, the formal institutions of government, such as the various law courts,...
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Lec 7 - Late Medieval Religion and Its C ...

"Lec 7 - Late Medieval Religion and Its Critics"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this lecture Professor Wrightson surveys the religious landscape of England during the later medieval period through to the reign of Henry VIII and the beginnings of the reformation. He notes that while the late medieval church was more vibrant and...
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Lec 8 -Reformation and Division, 1530-1558

"Lec 8 -Reformation and Division, 1530-1558"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson examines the various stages of the reformation in England, beginning with the legislative, as opposed to doctrinal, reformation begun by Henry VIII in a quest to settle the Tudor succession. Wrightson shows how the jurisdictional...
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Lec 9 - Commodity

Lec 9 - Commodity and Commonweal: Economic and Social Problems, 1520-1560"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson surveys the changing economic landscape of early modern England in the early sixteenth century. He notes that, throughout the period, population levels rose and, at the same time, inflation caused a rise in...
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Lec 10 -The Elizabethan Confessional Sta ...

"Lec 10 -The Elizabethan Confessional State: Conformity, Papists and Puritans"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson discusses the Elizabethan settlement of religion and the manner in which it was defended from both 'Papist' and 'Puritan' opponents. The settlement of religion achieved in 1559 (and enforced through the...
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Lec 11 -The Elizabethan

"Lec 11 -The Elizabethan "Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this lecture Professor Wrightson provides an overview of central political issues of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He discusses the Queen's personal character and identity-forming experiences (and the challenges posed by her gender), the manner in which she interacted...
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Lec 12 -Economic Expansion, 1560-1640

"Lec 12 -Economic Expansion, 1560-1640"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson traces the major economic expansion of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Despite occasional crises of mortality, population levels rose steadily, particularly in urban areas. Increased population levels resulted in enhanced...
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Lec 13 - A Polarizing Society, 1560-1640

"Lec 13 - A Polarizing Society, 1560-1640"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson reviews the consequences of the economic and population changes discussed in the last lecture. While economic shifts allowed some members of English society, especially members of the gentry and the land-holding classes, to increase their...
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Lec 14 -Witchcraft and Magic

"Lec 14 -Witchcraft and Magic"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this lecture, Professor Wrightson discusses witchcraft and magic. He begins with the context of magic beliefs in this period, introducing the 'cunning folk' who had reputations as healers and were often consulted. He then considers the specific problem of witchcraft,...
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Lec 15 - Crime and the Law

"Lec 15 - Crime and the LawEarly Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this lecture Professor Wrightson examines the problem of order in early modern society, focusing on crimes of violence and upon property crime. In examining violence, he notes the existence of special cases geographically (the borderlands) and socially (aristocratic...
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Lec 16 - Popular Protest

"Lec 16 - Popular ProtestEarly Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson reviews the basic structures and aims of popular protest: notably food riots and agrarian disturbances. He notes that such disturbances were often surprisingly orderly affairs, rather than chaotic expressions of discontent. They aimed to defend...
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Lec 17 - Education and Literacy

"Lec 17 - Education and Literacy"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson begins by assessing the state of education in the late medieval period and then discusses the two cultural forces (Renaissance humanism and the Reformation) which lay behind the educational expansion of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries....
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Lec 18 -Street Wars of Religion: Puritan ...

"Lec 18 -Street Wars of Religion: Puritans and Arminians"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson reviews the conflicts which developed within the Church of England in the early seventeenth century and played a role in the growing tensions which led to the English civil wars. Wrightson begins by describing the...
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Lec 19 -Crown and Political Nation, 1604 ...

"Lec 19 -Crown and Political Nation, 1604-1640Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson reviews the events leading up to the outbreak of the English civil wars and assesses the various historiographical interpretations that have been advanced to explain the war. He notes that while it is essential to appreciate the...
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Lec 20 -Constitutional Revolution and Ci ...

"Lec 20 -Constitutional Revolution and Civil War, 1640-1646Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson begins his examination of the major events of the English Civil Wars which culminated ultimately with the defeat of the royalist forces and the execution of King Charles I in 1649. He describes how Charles was forced to...
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Lec 21 - Regicide and Republic, 1647-1660

"Lec 21 - Regicide and Republic, 1647-1660Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this lecture Professor Wrightson considers the events leading to the execution of Charles I in 1649, and the republican regimes of 1649-60 (the Commonwealth and the Protectorate), with particular attention to the role of Oliver Cromwell. He begins with...
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Lec 22 - An Unsettled Settlement: The Re ...

"Lec 22 - An Unsettled Settlement: The Restoration Era, 1660-1688"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this lecture Professor Wrightson discusses the Restoration settlement of 1660 and the reigns of Charles II and James II. He highlights the manner in which tensions between the crown and the political nation slowly escalated during...
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Lec 23 - England, Britain, and the World ...

"Lec 23 - England, Britain, and the World: Economic Development, 1660-1720"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson discusses the remarkable growth of the British economy in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. He examines the changed context of stable population and prices; regional agricultural...
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Lec 24 - Refashioning the State, 1688-1714

"Lec 24 - Refashioning the State, 1688-1714"Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this lecture, Professor Wrightson discusses the transformation of the English state in the twenty years following the Glorious Revolution of 1688. He examines the ambiguities of the Revolutionary Settlement which placed authority in William III and Mary...
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Lec Last - Concluding Discussion and Adv ...

"Lec Last - Concluding Discussion and Advice on ExaminationEarly Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) In this final lecture, Professor Wrightson reviews the major themes of the class through a reflection on the nature of the historical process. He explains how the developments traced in the course illustrate the complex and ambiguous nature...

Early Modern England with Keith E. Wrightson


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This course is intended to provide an up-to-date introduction to the development of English society between the late fifteenth and the early eighteenth centuries. Particular issues addressed in the lectures will include: the changing social structure; households; local communities; gender roles; economic development; urbanization; religious change from the Reformation to the Act of Toleration; the Tudor and Stuart monarchies; rebellion, popular protest and civil war; witchcraft; education.
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