Taking Early Modern History enables you to investigate some of the most dramatic events, issues and personalities from European and British history. The course focuses on the 16th and 17th centuries – a period of great change and conflict.
In Year 1 we will develop a detailed understanding of the 17th Century revolution in Britain by focusing on Charles 1st and the origins and course of the Civil Wars, as well as perhaps the most controversial period in our history – our period as a republic under Oliver Cromwell and the restoration of the monarchy under Charles 2nd. You will also trace the theme of revolution through to 18th Century France.
In the second year you will investigate the phenomenon of the witch hunts in Europe and North America. To what extent was this the result of religious changes during the Reformation and why were the majority of victims women, and why did the hunts come to an end?
I have really enjoyed Early Modern History because the topics are each very different but they still relate enough for you to build a good grounding in the period. It has been especially interesting to learn about the radical groups of the 17th century and their influence on contemporary and modern politics.Sylvie Taylor ex Varndean School