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20. Constitutional Revolution and Civil War, 1640-1646

Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251) Professor Wrightson begins his examination of the major events of the English Civil Wars which culminated ultimately with the defeat of the royalist forces and the execution of King Charles I in 1649. He describes how Charles was forced to end his personal rule and call a parliament in 1640 in order to defend England against invading Scottish armies. The events of the Short Parliament and the first sessions of the Long Parliament are examined, culminating in the outbreak of war in 1642. The composition of both royalist and parliamentarian support is discussed, followed by the war aims and strategies of the two sides and the campaigns and politics of 1642-44, leading eventually to the formation of the New Model Army under the leadership of Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell. He concludes with the victory of parliamentary forces in 1645-1646. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Reemergence of Parliament 12:12 - Chapter 2. Rebellion in Ireland 14:49 - Chapter 3. Civil War: Foundations 20:52 - Chapter 4. War Begins 33:02 - Chapter 5. War Continues 47:41 - Chapter 6. Struggle Ends, for a Time Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Fall 2009.
Length: 49:47


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