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The Social Order, Riot and Rebellion in Early Modern England (HI934 - Withdrawn)


This module has now been permanently withdrawn and is no longer taught in the Warwick History Department.

Context of Module
Module Aims
Intended Learning Outcomes
Outline Syllabus
Illustrative Bibliography
Context of Module

This module may be taken by students on the MA in Social and Religious History, the MA in History, or any taught Master's student outside the History Department.


Module Aims

To familiarize students with issues of social order, the assumptions and aspirations of local and central authorities, and the challenges posed by new social, economic, and demographic pressures in this period. It will consider issues of enforcement, resistance, and compliance, and the mentalities of subordinate groups. The module will introduce a range of contemporary source materials, and consider a range of current approaches and debates among historians.


Intended Learning Outcomes
  • The development of seminar participation skills, including presentations;
  • A greater familiarity with the recent historiography of the period, and an ability to engage critically with it in the light of familiarity with relevant primary source materials.
  • The ability to develop, research and write a 5000 word assessed essay, in an area related to the module, demonstrating critical engagement with recent scholarship and effective use of primary sources where appropriate, and providing an extensive and specialist bibliography, and a scholarly apparatus;
  • The ability to build on themes related to this module to develop a Dissertation later in the course.


Outline Syllabus

Week 1: Planning Meeting

Seminar 1: Introduction and overview 

Seminar 2: The social order; structure, change, perceptions

Seminar 3: Neighbourhood and the Community

Seminar 4: Crime and punishment

Seminar 5: The church and social discipline

Seminar 6: The family and gender conflict

Seminar 7: Age and authority

Seminar 8: Riot and popular protest

Seminar 9: Rebellion


Illustrative Bibliography

K Wrightson, Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain (2000)

J A Sharpe, Crime in Early Modern England 1550-1750 (1984)

M Ingram, Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England 1570-1640 (1987)

D Underdown, Revel, Riot and Rebellion: Popular politics and culture in England 1603-1660 (1985)

L Gowing, Domestic Dangers. Women, words and sex in early modern London (1996)

S Amussen, An Ordered Society. Gender and class in early modern England (1988)

P Griffiths, Youth and Authority. Formative experiences in England 1560-1640 (1996)

R B Manning, Village Revolts. Social protest and popular disturbances in England 1509-1640 (1988)

A Fletcher and D. MacCulloch, Tudor Rebellions (2005)



1 assessed essay of 5,000 words: the course is taught in weekly 2-hour seminars



Prof. Steve Hindle

Term Spring
Tutorial Day Thursday


3.00pm - 5.00pm

Lecture Room   H3.03
Steve Hindle