The Approaching Storm: The Origins of the English Civil War

Ref: C2224361

This course will identify the complex roots of a war that divided families and communities. It will chart the tense relationship between King and Parliament from 1603 and trace popular and political opposition to the King over finance and taxation, foreign policy, and religious identity, which culminates with the Long Parliament of 1640-42

Course aim

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction of the complex long- and short-term origins of the English Civil Wars across the three Stuart Kingdoms of England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers
  • You do not need any advanced historical knowledge, just a desire to learn and take part

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • identify the major areas of conflict between King and Parliament in the reign of James VI and I.
  • Assess the importance of the British and European contexts to the Civil Wars.
  • Identify the key political and religious factors that led to the Civil Wars.
  • Evaluate the importance of the Long Parliament in the origins of the Long Parliament

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Approaching Storm: The Origins of the English Civil War


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