Revolution and Counter revolution: England 1640-1660

Ref: C3744953

The mid seventeenth century is one of the most tumultuous and exciting periods of English history. Rarely has so much changed so quickly. The growth of printing combined with economic turmoil and relgious conflict to fuel an explosion of new ideas as the country descended into a bloody civil war. Within a few years, ideas that had once been radical had become mainstream, the monarchy was overthrown and the king beheaded. With the world turned upside down, everything that had once been unquestioned was up for debate. Social, political and religious groups wrestled over competing ideas about power, religion, money, morality, gender and communication. Many political philosophies and religious movements that are still with us can trace their origins back to this time. In addition to learning about the events of this period, we will look at controversies over their interpretation and ask how we are inflluenced by them today.

Course aim

This is a chance to explore one of the most exciting and eventful periods of English history. This was a time when rapid social, political, religious and economic transformation left a legacy that still lives with us today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Summarise the main events in English history between 1640 and 1660.
  • Discuss different views on the reasons for some of the main developments in this period - e.g. why Charles I lost power or how printing affected the spread of radical ideas.
  • Make an argument about the connections between particular political, religious and economic ideas that are common today and events in mid-seventeenth century England.

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?

  • You may find it helpful to bring a pen and a notebook.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Revolution and Counter revolution: England 1640-1660

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