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Alastair Bellany: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers
Friday, April 28, 2017, 09:00am - 02:30pm

New Approaches to Tudor and Stuart History: the Britannic Isles c.1500-1720

Friday, April 28, 2016, 9am-2:30pm
Alastair Bellany, Professor and Vice-Chair for Graduate Education, Department of History, Rutgers

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are among the most tumultuous and fascinating eras in the history of the Britannic Isles – they witnessed the resurgence of monarchical power after a prolonged late medieval crisis; the violent and permanent fragmentation of religious belief and allegiance; dramatic and wrenching social and economic change; a vigorous cultural and intellectual renaissance; the beginnings of imperial expansion in the Americas and South Asia; and a sequence of political revolutions that tore the Isles apart in the mid- and late seventeenth century. This seminar explores several new approaches to the history of the Tudor and Stuart Britannic Isles: we will reexamine the power of monarchy in the sixteenth century as it was shaped and projected in the visual arts; we will uncover new approaches to the revolutionary politics of the seventeenth century through the history of political media; and we will explore new ways of teaching early modern social and political history using open access digitized archives, including the English Broadside Ballad Archive [http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu], the 1641 Irish Rebellion Depositions Archive [http://1641.tcd.ie], and Old Bailey Online [http://www.oldbaileyonline.org].

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