This MA offers an advanced introduction to the dynamics of recent research into the history of the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. By exploiting our considerable staff resources in this area. The consequences of European expansion overseas can form an important part of this comparison. The core course unit is 'Issues and Debates in Early Modern History'. It studies recent methodological approaches, pioneered in Europe, England and America, which creatively adapt insights and methods from the social sciences to early modern research. Topics include the inter-relations of history, sociology and religion centring on the influence of the Annales School and subsequent developments; ideas of power, patronage and clientage as the glue of the early modern state; ideas of the Atlantic economy uniting Europe and the Americas; and the significance artifacts and buildings for the historian.
Typical compulsory and optional course units include: Research Training (including options in palaeography and relevant foreign languages; Issues and Debates in Early Modern History; Religion and Politics in France c. 1590-1720; Towns in North West England c.1700-1840; Town and Country c.1560-1700; Britain's International Econ and the Development of Commercial Capitalism; English Society in the Later Middle Ages: Class, Status and Gender; Supervised Reading; and Making Believe: Art and Belief Systems in Early Modern Italy c. 1600-1700. Recent dissertation titles include: That Cunningest of Machiavellians: The Political and Military Career of Henry Ireton; Cardinal Granvelle and the Regency Government in the Spanish Netherlands 1559-1564; and Family, Land and State: The Plumptons of Plumpton, c.1461-1547.