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The British Civil Wars, 1639-51

6. Legacies

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In this module, we explore the ways in which English, Irish and Scottish history has been fundamentally changed by the events of the British Civil Wars.


In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) thinks about the British Civil Wars, the intertwined series of conflicts that ravaged England, Ireland and Scotland in the mid-17th century. In the first two modules, we think about the civil wars in England, Ireland and Scotland—first as independent, and then as interdependent phenomena. After that, we look in turn at Scotland, Ireland and England and the nature of the socio-political changes in each of these territories, before turning in the final module to the longer-term legacies of the British Civil Wars.


John Morrill was educated at Altrincham Grammar School (Cheshire) and at Trinity College Oxford (BA 1967, DPhil 1971). He was a Research Fellow there (1970-4) and a Lecturer at Stirling University (1974-5) before moving to Cambridge in 1975 as Lecturer, Reader and now Professor. He has been a Fellow of Selwyn College since 1975 and was Director of Studies in History 1975-92, Tutor 1979-92, Admissions Tutor 1982-7, Senior Tutor 1987-92 and Vice Master 1992-2001. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and served as Vice President from 2001-9. He is also an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Academy of Finland, and he holds honorary degrees from several universities and is an Hon. Fellow of Trinity College Oxford and Trinity College Dublin. He is also a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church and holds several senior positions in the Diocese of East Anglia (eg Chair of the Commission for Evangelisation and Assistant Director for Diaconal Formation) and he teaches Church History and pastoral theology one weekend a month at St John's Seminary, Wonersh.

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Morrill, J. (2018, August 15). The British Civil Wars, 1639-51 - Legacies [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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