1st Edition

An Analysis of Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down
Radical Ideas During the English Revolution

ISBN 9781912128440
Published July 13, 2017 by Macat Library
98 Pages

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Book Description

Few works of history have succeeded so completely in forcing their readers to take a fresh look at the evidence as Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down – and that achievement is rooted firmly in Hill's exceptional problem-solving skills.

Traditional interpretations of the English Civil War concentrated heavily on a top-down analysis of the doings of king and parliament. Hill looked at ‘history from below,’ focusing instead on the ways in which the people of Britain saw the society they lived in and nurtured hopes for a better future. Failing to understand these factors – and the impact they had on the origins and outcomes of the wars of the 1640s – means failing to understand the historical period. In this sense, Hill's influential work is a great example of the problem-solving skills of asking productive questions and generating alternative possibilities. It forced a generation of historians to re-evaluate the things they thought they knew about a key pivot point in British history – and went on to influence the generations that came after them.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text  

Who was Christopher Hill?  

What does The World Turned Upside Down Say?  

Why does The World Turned Upside Down Matter?  

Section 1: Influences 

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context 

Module 2: Academic Context  

Module 3: The Problem 

Module 4: The Author's Contribution  

Section 2: Ideas 

Module 5: Main Ideas 

Module 6: Secondary Ideas  

Module 7: Achievement  

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work 

Section 3: Impact  

Module 9: The First Responses  

Module 10: The Evolving Debate 

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today 

Module 12: Where Next? 

Glossary of Terms 

People Mentioned in the Text  

Works Cited

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Dr Harman Bhogal holds a PhD in early Modern History from Birkbeck, London.

Dr Liam Haydon holds a doctorate in English literature from Manchester University. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kent, where his work focuses on the cultural impacts of global trade in the early seventeenth century.