Date Added: June 15, 2011
Professor Wrightson discusses local particularism and regionalism in early modern England and highlights the importance of local customs and economic patterns. He then focuses on the manner in which these local areas, while enjoying a measure of cultural, institutional, and economic autonomy, were simultaneously integrated into a larger national whole. The role of trade (both between English regions and with the Continent via the Netherlands), the importance of market towns within the localities as nexuses of social and economic interaction, the place of 'provincial capitals,' and the pivotal position of the metropolis of London are all considered. Throughout the lecture Professor Wrightson also provides details of early modern regional topography and information concerning the role of urban areas in early modern social and economic life.
Slack, "The English Urban Landscape"
- General Introduction
- "The Tree of Commonwealth": The Social Order in the Sixteenth Century
- Households: Structures, Priorities, Strategies, Roles
- Communities: Key Institutions and Relationships
- "Countries" and Nation: Social and Economic Networks and the Urban System
- The Structures of Power
- Late Medieval Religion and Its Critics
- Reformation and Division, 1530-1558
- "Commodity" and "Commonwealth": Economic and Social Problems, 1520-1560
- The Elizabethan Confessional State: Conformity, Papists and Puritans
- The Elizabethan "Monarchical Republic": Political Participation
- Economic Expansion, 1560-1640
- A Polarizing Society, 1560-1640
- Witchcraft and Magic
- Crime and the Law
- Popular Protest
- Education and Literacy
- Street Wars of Religion: Puritans and Arminians
- Crown and Political Nation, 1604-1640
- Constitutional Revolution and Civil War, 1640-1646
- Regicide and Republic, 1647-1660
- An Unsettled Settlement: The Restoration Era, 1660-1688
- England, Britain, and the World: Economic Development, 1660-1720
- Refashioning the State, 1688-1714
- Concluding Discussion and Advice on Examination
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.
This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Fall 2009.