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Popular Protest

Seminar Questions

  • In what circumstances did popular protest become violent?
  • Was violence more of an aid or a hindrance in securing protestors' demands?

Required Reading

All students should analyse

All students should also read

Ruff, Julius R., Violence in Early Modern Europe 1500-1800 (Cambridge, 2001), Chapter 6.

AND one of the following items:


Further Reading

Barkey, Karen, Bandits and Bureaucrats: The Ottoman Route to State Centralization (Ithaca, NY, 1994)

Beik, William, Urban Protest in Seventeenth-Century France: The Culture of Retribution (Cambridge, 1997)

Bercé, Yves-Marie, History of Peasant Revolts: The Social Origins of Rebellion in Early Modern France, trans. Amanda Whitmore (Cambridge, 1990)

Bercé, Yves-Marie, Revolt and Revolution in Early Modern Europe, trans. Joseph Bergin (Manchester, 1987)

Carroll, Linda L., 'Carnival Rites as Vehicles of Protest in Renaissance Venice', The Sixteenth Century Journal 16/4 (1985), 487-502

Clifton, Robin, The Last Popular Rebellion: The Western Rising of 1685 (Hounslow, 1984)

Connolly, S. J., Contested Island: Ireland 1460-1630 (Oxford, 2007)

Davies, C.S.L. ‘Popular Disorder’, in Peter Clark, ed., The European Crisis of the 1590s (London, 1985), pp.244-260.

Dunning, Chester S. L., Russia's First Civil War: The Time of Troubles and the Founding of the Romanov Dynasty (University Park, PA, 2001) [For the Bolotnikov Rebellion]

Fletcher, Anthony, and Diarmaid MacCulloch, Tudor Rebellions, 5th ed. (Harlow, 2004)

Fletcher, Anthony, and Stevenson, John, ‘Introduction’, in Anthony Fletcher and John Stevenson, eds, Order and Disorder in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 1985), pp.1-40.

Griesse, Malte, ed., From Mutual Observation to Propaganda War: Premodern Revolts in Their Transnational Representations (Bielefeld, 2014)

Haliczer, Stephen, The Comuneros of Castile: The Forging of a Revolution, 1475-1521 (Madison, WI, 1981)

Hindle, Steve, 'Crime and Popular Protest' in Barry Coward, ed., Blackwell Companions to British History: A Companion to Stuart Britain (Oxford, 2003), pp.130-47.

Hindle, Steve. 'Imagining Insurrection in Seventeenth-Century England: Representations of the Midland Rising of 1607', History Workshop Journal 58 (2008), 21-61

Kesselring, K. J., The Northern Rebellion of 1569: Faith, Politics, and Protest in Elizabethan England (Basingstoke, 2007)

Koskinen, Ulla, Aggressive and Violent Peasant Elites in the Nordic Countries, c. 1500-1700 (Basingstoke, 2017)

Lindley, Keith, ‘Riot Prevention and Control in Early Stuart London’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser. 33 (1983), 109-126.

Manning, Roger B., Village Revolts: Social Protest and Popular Disturbances in England 1509-1640 (Oxford, 1988)

Murdock, Graeme, Penny Roberts and Andrew Spicer, 'Ritual and Violence', Past & Present 214/7 (2012)

Nussdorfer, Laurie, 'The Vacant See: Ritual and Protest in Early Modern Rome', The Sixteenth Century Journal 18/2 (1987), 173-189

Perrie, Maureen, 'Recent Western Historiography of the Time of Troubles in Russia', Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Istoriya 63 (2018), 244-261

Rapple, Rory, 'Writing about Violence in the Tudor Kingdoms', The Historical Journal 54/3 (2011), 829-54.

Roberts, Penny, 'Urban Conflict and Royal Authority: Popular Revolts in Sixteenth-Century Troyes', Urban History 34 (2007), 189-207

Sánchez León, Pablo, Absolutismo y comunidad: los orígenes sociales de la guerra de los comuneros de Castilla (Madrid, 1998)

Schindler, Norbert, Rebellion, Community and Custom in Early Modern Germany, trans. Pamela E. Selwyn (Cambridge, 2002)

Scott, Tom, and Bob Scribner, eds and trans, The German Peasants' War: A History in Documents (Atlantic Highlands, NJ, 1991)

Sharp, Buchanan, ‘Popular Protest in Seventeenth-Century England’, in Barry Reay, ed., Popular Culture in Seventeenth-Century England (London, 1985), pp.271-308.

Thompson, E. P., 'The Moral Economy of the Crowd in the Eighteenth Century', Past and Present 50 (1971), 76-136.

Tyacke, Nicholas, ed., The English Revolution c.1590-1720: Politics, Religion and Communities (Manchester, 2007)

Walter, John, Crowds and Popular Politics in Early Modern England (Manchester, 2006)

Walter, John, ‘Faces in the Crowd: Gender, Youth and Age in Early Modern Protest’, in Helen Berry and Elizabeth Foyster, eds, The Family in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2007), pp. 96-125.

Walter, John, 'Politicising the popular? The "tradition of riot" and popular political culture in the English Revolution,' in Nicholas Tyacke, ed., The English Revolution c.1590-1720: politics, religion and communities (Manchester, 2007), pp. 95-110

Walter, John, Understanding Popular Violence in the English Revolution: The Colchester Plunderers (Cambridge, 1999)

Wood, Andy, The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2007)

Wood, Andy, Riot, Rebellion and Popular Politics in Early Modern England (Houndmills, 2002)