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The Blazing World: A New History of Revolutionary England, 1603-1689

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ClassGraphic At the beginning of the 17th century, the King of England was an absolute monarch who ruled by divine right. At its end, Parliament was supreme. To reach this result, the English fought a civil war, beheaded one monarch, tried and rejected republicanism, and then deposed another monarch. Taken together, the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 were the first of the great modern Western revolutions, a political earthquake with deep lessons for our Founding Fathers, among many others. Our group will discuss The Blazing World: A New History of Revolutionary England, 1603-1689 (Knopf, 2023) by Oxford scholar Jonathan Healey. Using a vast array of primary sources, Healey portrays the drama of this era in an immensely readable account that tells the tale from a variety of perspectives. Going beyond the politics, important as they were, we will discuss Healey's analysis of the underlying economic and social developments that were transforming English society from a land of aristocrats and peasants into a society increasingly influenced by a new middle class, shaping revolutionary politics in the process. Join us to discover how the roots of our Constitution and our liberties were forged in the crucible of 17th century England.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Bob Rifkin2.James Smith 



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Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/4/2024 - 6/10/2024 Weekly - Mon 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map James Smith  ; Bob Rifkin 
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