British History: King and Parliament - Restoration to Glorious Revolution

Ref: C2419079

With the return of Charles II in 1660 it seemed that the constitutional and religious conflicts that had led to the Civil War had been resolved. In reality these issues were far from settled, and Charles II faced continuing conflicts with Parliament. At the end of his reign he seemed to have outmanoeuvred his enemies, but the accession of his Catholic brother, James II, provoked a new crisis. In 1688 William of Orange mounted the last successful invasion of England. The revolutionary settlement tilted the balance of power in favour of Parliament and allowed limited religious toleration. Queen Anne’s failure to produce an heir brought about the succession of the German Hanoverians and the union of the English and Scottish Parliaments. The nation of Great Britain was created under a new and Protestant dynasty.

Course aim

This course will show how the continuing conflict between the later Stuart kings and Parliament after the restoration of the monarchy led to the Glorious Revolution of 1688-9.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • be aware of the main events of British history between the restoration of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution
  • assess the significance of the Glorious Revolution as a key event in British history
  • understand the relationship between British and European history in the period
  • recognise the relevance of this period to an understanding of the present British constitution

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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British History: King and Parliament - Restoration to Glorious Revolution


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