HIS 384M • Seminar in Tudor-Stuart Hist
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
This seminar will study the period between the restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89. We will focus on four closely interrelated topics: 1)the revival of political tension in the aftermath of the Puritan Revolution and the climax of that tension in the Glorious Revolution; 2)the development of political theory, especially that of John Locke and the radical Whigs, during the later years of Charles IIs reign; 3) the origin and development of religious dissent and the different ways in which the government responded to that dissent, ending with the Act of Toleration in 1689; and 4) the development of science and in particular the relationship between scientific thought on the one hand and both religious and political thought on the other. Students will be expected to read deeply in the primary and secondary sources of the period, participate actively in the discussions of the seminar and write a 20-page paper.