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1. General outlines of the period
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Causes of the conflict
General | Scotland | Ireland
4. Taking Sides
5. Escape &  Atlantic Emigration
6. Maps and documents
7. Fun and Games
 
 
 
 
 
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1. General outlines of the period                                                   go to top of page


        

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  • British Civil Wars and Commonwealth: An excellent site, providing many of the links and sites on these pages. This site explores the turmoil of the Civil Wars and Interregnum, and the constitutional experiments of the Commonwealth and Protectorate period of the 1650s. constantly growing
    • Time Lines: chronological listings of main events during the period 1640-60.
    • Biography: very comprehensive who's who in the Civil Wars and Commonwealth.
    • Military: military history of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate
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2. Sites by re-enactment groups 
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Many Civil War sites are produced by re-enactment groups and enthusiastic individuals. Not all are of similar value. The ones included on casahistoria are most likely to be of value and supplement your academic studies. These are largely the work of:

 

 

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3. Causes of the conflict
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  • The causes of the English Civil War The causes of the English Civil War. A simple straightforward page to start you thinking. Includes a grid to complete to help plan out your ideas.
  • The Causes of the English Civil War  This from the BBC sponsored h2g2 site. Most of the content on h2g2 is generated by h2g2's Researchers, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. This is an essay on the background to the wars. At the end are conversation rooms to discuss causes with others.
  • The English Civil War: The Breakdown - Introduction The Breakdown of relationships in the nations.  From English Civil War A UK Open University site. Useful introduction to Causes.
  • Identifying causes Introduction from an OU study unit focusing on the seventeenth-century crises in the British Isles that led, in the 1640s, to the Civil Wars between parliamentarians and royalists in England. Includes description, analysis and documents. Takes a "British" view showing also how Scotland experienced both wars against England and a protracted religious civil war. Ireland saw a Catholic rebellion in 1641 turn into a concerted campaign to render Catholics economically and politically impotent. Although making use of a specific document text book, this is very useful to students of the period in general.
  • This is a pdf file Historiography of Civil War: A casahistoria netguide in lecture note format. PDF file  and requires adobe reader. For more casahistoria netguide revision go to IB/Alevel/K12 revision in the young casahistoria section.
  • How the Historians have viewed the causes of the English Civil War basic coverage of key interpretations from Whitby High School.  §
  • What’s in a Name: The Death of the English Civil War Martyn Bennett examines how the terminology we use about the great conflict of the mid-seventeenth century reflects and reinforces the interpretations we make. Published in History Review, 2003 Currently free access. May change and trial subscription needed.
  • The English Context of the British Civil Wars John Adamson argues that the importance of the Celtic fringe in the events of the 1640s has been exaggerated. Published in History Today, Volume: 48. Currently free access. May change and trial subscription needed.

 

Personal Rule, 1629-38

 

Scotland



Charles I For links on the life of Charles I and his ideas of Kingship/Divine right, go to the casahistoria civil war People page



Ireland
For extensive links to this period in Ireland and its aftermath, go to the casahistoria Ireland site

1640-42

 

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4. Taking Sides 

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  •  Choosing Sides in the English Civil War Useful examination of the decisions to be made. By Dr Mark Stoyle (Lecturer at the University of Southampton. His publications include Loyalty and Locality: Popular Allegiance in Devon during the English Civil War (1994) and West Britons: Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State (2001).) BBC web
  • Taking Sides From very useful BBC & Open University site mentioned in Section 1.
  • Why did Charles I fight the Civil War? Conrad Russell finds that it is easier to understand why sheer frustration may have driven Charles to fight than to understand why the English gentry might have wanted to make a revolution against him. Published in History Today, Volume: 34 Issue: 6. Currently free access. May change and trial subscription needed.




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Emigration to the USA & Canada For links to later emigration and settlement in north America go to this casahistoria site

 

 

 

 

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