Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution

Date: Sunday 21st October
Time: 10:30 - 12:15
Location: Student Central, Upper Hall
Speaker: Speaker: Alan Woods

Often obscured and even ignored in Britain today, the English Revolution of 1640-60 was a great social overturn, comparable to the Great French Revolution of 1789-94. It was, in essence, a class war that swept away the rotten remains of the old feudal order and laid the foundations for modern Britain.

All the different classes in English society at the time were swept into the firestorm of the civil war. A variety of religious sects and military organisations were formed to exercise their varied (and often conflicting) interests. Out of this process came such famous bodies as Cromwell’s New Model Army and the Communist “Diggers”.

In this session, Alan Woods introduces this fascinating period of history and discusses the relevance of the English Revolution to the struggle today.

Recommended reading: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution

Recommended listening: The English Revolution