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Mabel Winter, ‘they are not so powerful as they made themselves’: Politics, power, and business in seventeenth-century England

12 October, 2017 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm

This week we welcome Mabel Winter, a PhD student in History, who will explore the intimate relationship between politics, power and business through the case study of the Bank of Woollchurch Market (1670-1677). Whilst trade was growing at a monumental rate in the second-half of the seventeenth century, politics and economics were adapting to the new national circumstances. The Restoration added further confusion, introducing an Anglican Church settlement that would provide even further religious and political conflict, prompting a separation within the political nation into two groups, Whigs and Tories. As these political parties developed throughout the later Seventeenth Century, in their earliest form in the mid-1670s, they reinforced commercial rivalries with political ones, offering another channel through which individuals could attack their enemies or opponents. Through surviving letters, those political, economic, and commercial rivalries will be reconstructed. The paper offers a new take on relations between the so-called ‘country’ party and the ‘court’ party in the 1670s, emphasising the role and significance of economics, commerce, and the ‘civic opposition’ to this struggle for power.

The postgraduate-led EMDG works in conjunction with SCEMS and the Early Modern Forum, providing a fortnightly speaker series taking place on Thursday 1.05-1.55 pm in the HRI. We are an interdisciplinary group for the Arts and Humanities focussing roughly on the period 1500-1800. Papers will ideally be approximately 20 minutes long with plenty of time after for questions, discussion, and feedback.


Early Modern Discussion Group


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