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This course is intended to provide an up-to-date introduction to the development of English society between the late fifteenth and the early eighteenth centuries. Particular issues addressed in the lectures will include: the changing social structure; households; local communities; gender roles; economic development; urbanization; religious change from the Reformation to the Act of Toleration; the Tudor and Stuart monarchies; rebellion, popular protest and civil war; witchcraft; education, literacy and print culture; crime and the law; poverty and social welfare; the changing structures and dynamics of political participation and the emergence of parliamentary government.

Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts - Audio Yale University

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    • 4.4, 66 Ratings

This course is intended to provide an up-to-date introduction to the development of English society between the late fifteenth and the early eighteenth centuries. Particular issues addressed in the lectures will include: the changing social structure; households; local communities; gender roles; economic development; urbanization; religious change from the Reformation to the Act of Toleration; the Tudor and Stuart monarchies; rebellion, popular protest and civil war; witchcraft; education, literacy and print culture; crime and the law; poverty and social welfare; the changing structures and dynamics of political participation and the emergence of parliamentary government.

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4.4 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

MrSethK ,

In-depth, intelligent

Wonderfully smart lecture series, will be of interest to anyone interested in UK or (to a lesser extent) US history. Doesn’t really cover the US but the events described were very important to the founding of the US.

SF R. ,

Early Modern England

Wrightson’s lectures present a fluency with the history of early modern England that can only come from decades of study and expertise. Well organized, coherent, and fascinating in both detail in scope, these lectures are an exemplary introduction to the period. Highly recommended.

Mapmyrunner ,

Excellent lectures

Professor Wrightson is an excellent lecturer. The course material is well organized and presented, and the audio is clear.

It's not strictly chronological. He will discuss a certain period of history from several angles before moving on to later periods. This might take a bit of getting used to, but in the end, I can see why he did it this way: the subject matter is so multifacted, you would miss many important points if it were strictly chronological.

As for the subject matter, I must say it filled in some very important gaps in my knowledge of *American* history. Anyone who has gone through American schooling gets the American history lessons drilled into them, and not much of the view from across the pond. This course gives hints into the origins of the American form of government, as you watch the English "muddling through" the changing of government from one dominated by the king to one shared with a parliament even stronger than the king.

The audio is completely adequate, however, you won't get to see the professor don a Henry VIII mask at the very end and play a tyrant! Very enjoyable course.

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