Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Stuart England: War, Political Crisis and Social Change 1629-1714
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   (1 x 1.5 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 word supplementary (resit) essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   1 x 1.5 hour supplementary (resit) examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of a body of historical knowledge and sources relating to Stuart England.

Critically assess the major political, economic, social and cultural developments in England during the seventeenth century.

Demonstrate an understanding of the key historiographical trends in the history of seventeenth century English history.

Evaluate a range of primary sources relating to England during the seventeenth century.


The Stuart period is one of the most hotly debated areas in British historiography and one where the innovations in types and approaches to history have been most keenly felt. This module shows how these developments have impacted on and enriched our view of Stuart England. The emphasis is upon offering a wide-ranging but integrated perspective on the period, and doing so through examining the interplay of structures and events, and continuity and change. It will also introduce students to the multi-faceted and problematic character of early modern history that has emerged in recent decades.

Brief description

This period was one when war and political crisis created deep fissures in England and on occasions turned the established order upside down. The module will explore the causes, manifestations, and impact of this turbulence. It will also investigate economic growth, the contours of everyday social life, and the multifarious patterns of culture and thought that jockeyed to shape people's minds. The module is divided into four sections. The first examines the basic features of environment and society - population, climate and the seasons, family and sexual life, landscape, localism, and the economy. The second and third sections tackle politics and personality. Partly this is done through a series of case-studies of leaders and major events (the Civil War, the Interregnum, the Restoration, the 1688 Revolution, and the Rage of Party), partly through a study of broader political institutions and factors (the monarchy, parliament and the electorate, war, and the British polity). The final section focuses on the culture of the period; radical thought and movements, magic, witchcraft, literacy, religion, and popular cultures.


1: Introduction: structures and events, continuity and change
• Environment and Society
2: Population
3: Climate and the Seasons
4: Family and Sex
5: Lowlands and Highlands
6: Locality and Nation
7: Economy
• Politics: Personalities and Events
8: Cromwell and the Interregnum
9: Charles II and the Restoration Settlement
10: James II and the Glorious Revolution
11: Queen Anne and the Rage of Party
• Politics: Structures
12: Monarchy
13: Parliament and the Electorate
14: England and the British Polity
15: Warfare
• Culture
16. Radical Thought and Movements
17: Magic and Witchcraft
18: Literacy, Religion and Popular Cultures

1: Family and Community: Change or Continuity?
2: The English Civil War
3: Personality in Politics
4: The Putney Debates
5: The Witch Hunt 1645

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop knowledge of sources and historical literature relating to seventeenth-century Stuart England.
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 4