20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: Two modules from HST200-HST2999

Co-requisites: HST349

Aims/Description: This course aims to provide an intensive document-based analysis of the working of early Stuart politics on both theoretical and practical levels, and to use it to stimulate an informed evaluation of the roles played by a variety of ideological and political forces in provoking civil war. Particular attention is paid to the career and voluminous unpublished correspondence of one of the foremost and most tragic political figures of the period, Sir Thomas Wentworth, First Earl of Strafford. Strafford's unpublished letters, along with parliamentary debates, state trials, sermons, newsletters, and popular pamphlets will be used to tease out the private and public attitudes of both major political actors and the 'man in the street' towards the main political and cultural divisions of the pre-Civil War period.

Restrictions on availability: EMPTY

Staff Contact: Prof Anthony Milton
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

Notes: Elementary word-processing required.

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