"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 wealth, they also (coupled with an expanding population and price inflation) resulted in the growth of poverty and vagrancy. Professor Wrightson discusses the relative wealth and economic pressures faced by various segments of the early modern population (providing specific examples) and suggests that, while society was becoming increasingly polarized between the poor and the wealthy, there was also a third group, the 'middling sort,' who were expanding in numbers and influence. Professor Wrightson concludes by touching on the rising levels of poverty in the period and government responses to it (culminating in the passage of the Poor Laws), as well as very real human element in these larger social and economic processes. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Effects of Economic Expansion on the Nobility and Gentry 06:47 - Chapter 2. The Tenantry 16:06 - Chapter 3. Trade 23:02 - Chapter 4. Social Polarization 37:24 - Chapter 5. Further Developments Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2009.
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Lec 2 -The Tree of Commonwealth
Lec 3 - Households: Structures, Priorities, Strategies, Roles
Lec 4 - Communities: Key Institutions and Relationships
Lec 6 - The Structures of Power
Lec 7 - Late Medieval Religion and Its Critics
Lec 8 -Reformation and Division, 1530-1558
Lec 10 -The Elizabethan Confessional State: Conformity, Papists and Puritans
Lec 12 -Economic Expansion, 1560-1640
Lec 17 - Education and Literacy
Lec 18 -Street Wars of Religion: Puritans and Arminians
Lec 19 -Crown and Political Nation, 1604-1640
Lec 20 -Constitutional Revolution and Civil War, 1640-1646
Lec 21 - Regicide and Republic, 1647-1660
Lec 22 - An Unsettled Settlement: The Restoration Era, 1660-1688
Lec 23 - England, Britain, and the World: Economic Development, 1660-1720
Lec 24 - Refashioning the State, 1688-1714