Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts

Course Description

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.

Course Structure:
This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Fall 2009.

Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts
About Professor Keith E. Wrightson

Keith E. Wrightson is Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and has taught at the Universities of St Andrews (1975-84), Cambridge (1984-99) and Yale (since 1999). He is a Fellow of the British Academy (1996) and of the Royal Historical Society (1986), and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His publications include English Society, 1580-1680 (1982); Earthly Necessities. Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain (2000); Poverty & Piety in an English Village: Terling 1525-1700 (with David Levine, 1979); The Making of an Industrial Society: Whickham, 1560-1765 (with David Levine, 1991), and many essays on the social, economic, and cultural history of early modern England.
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

Visit the official course website for more study materials: http://oyc.yale.edu/history/early-modern-england

# Lecture Play Lecture
1 General Introduction Play Video
2 "The Tree of Commonwealth": The Social Order in the Sixteenth Century Play Video
3 Households: Structures, Priorities, Strategies, Roles Play Video
4 Communities: Key Institutions and Relationships Play Video
5 "Countries" and Nation: Social and Economic Networks and the Urban System Play Video
6 The Structures of Power Play Video
7 Late Medieval Religion and Its Critics Play Video
8 Reformation and Division, 1530-1558 Play Video
9 "Commodity" and "Commonwealth": Economic and Social Problems, 1520-1560 Play Video
10 The Elizabethan Confessional State: Conformity, Papists and Puritans Play Video
11 The Elizabethan "Monarchical Republic": Political Participation Play Video
12 Economic Expansion, 1560-1640 Play Video
13 A Polarizing Society, 1560-1640 Play Video
14 Witchcraft and Magic Play Video
15 Crime and the Law Play Video
16 Popular Protest Play Video
17 Education and Literacy Play Video
18 Street Wars of Religion: Puritans and Arminians Play Video
19 Crown and Political Nation, 1604-1640 Play Video
20 Constitutional Revolution and Civil War, 1640-1646 Play Video
21 Regicide and Republic, 1647-1660 Play Video
22 An Unsettled Settlement: The Restoration Era, 1660-1688 Play Video
23 England, Britain, and the World: Economic Development, 1660-1720 Play Video
24 Refashioning the State, 1688-1714 Play Video
25 Concluding Discussion and Advice on Examination Play Video


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