Revolutionary history

23rd January 2017


Revolutionary England, c.1630-c.1660 is a new book co-edited by George Southcombe, Director of the Sarah Lawrence Programme at Wadham and College Lecturer in History.

The book provides a powerful account of the events, crises and changes that electrified mid-seventeenth-century England. These include descent into civil war, the killing of a king, creation of a republic, fits of military government, written constitutions, the dominance of Oliver Cromwell and the abolition of a state church.

The book is compiled in honour of one of the most respected scholars of early modern England, Clive Holmes and considers themes that both reflect Clive’s own concerns and stand at the centre of current approaches to seventeenth-century studies. The relations between language, ideas, and political actors; the limitations of central government; and the powerful role of religious belief in public affairs are all documented.

George Southcombe, who co-edited the volume with his colleague Dr Grant Tapsell, commented: “We edited this book to recognise the achievements of my graduate supervisor, and Grant’s undergraduate tutor, Clive Holmes. Most of its contributors were Clive’s students, and it is testament to both the significance of his research and his role as an inspirational teacher.”

Revolutionary England, c.1630-c.1660 is published by Routledge.

Wadham’s Sarah Lawrence Programme was established in 1985 with some thirty students from Sarah Lawrence College, and other colleges within the United States, spending a full year in Oxford undertaking a rigorous academic programme. Each year there is an also an opportunity for Wadham College students to visit and study in Sarah Lawrence College in New York.