English History -17th Century: Restoration to Glorious Revolution

Ref: C2419843

When the monarchy was restored in 1660 the issues that had caused the Civil War remained unresolved. By the end of his reign Charles II was able to rule without Parliament but the overthrow of his brother, James II, in the Glorious Revolution, changed the nature of politics. By the end of the Stuart period, the nation of Great Britain had come into being. Britain was now a world power, with an expanding empire. Parliament had become an essential part of the constitution.

Course aim

to show how, in the later Stuart period, England (and later Britain) became a parliamentary rather than an absolute monarchy

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This is a stand-alone course, but it is also a follow-on from the previous term's course on the Civil War.

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

  • understand the main events of British history between the restoration of Charles II and the death of Queen Anne
  • assess the significance of the Glorious Revolution as a key event in British history
  • understand the relationship of 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

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?

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English History -17th Century: Restoration to Glorious Revolution


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