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A public lecture by Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Fellow Professor John Walter on 'Reading crowds in early modern England and Ireland: from riot to popular political culture?'

This paper will draw on his body of past work on early modern crowds and popular politics and will look forward to his current work as a Visiting Fellow at the Long Room Hub on reading crowd violence in the 1641 Rising. Surveying shifts in the ways that early modern English crowds have been studied and the inter-(and intra-) disciplinary exchanges that have informed this, it will (tentatively) ask whether it is possible to write a comparative ['three kingdoms'] history of popular political culture?

About Professor John Walters
Professor John Walter, University of Essex, researches and publishes in the field of early modern British and Irish history. His book on crowd actions in the English Revolution, Understanding Popular Violence in the English Revolution, was awarded the Royal Historical Society's 1999 Whitfield Prize. Recent publications include Covenanting Citizens: The Protestation Oath and Popular Political Culture in the English Revolution (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016); Crowds and Popular Politics in Early Modern England (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2006).

Professor Walter’s three month fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in association with the School of Histories and Humanities. His project ‘Contextualising Violence, Challenging Steretypes: Recovering the Micro-Histories of Ireland 1641’ will build on exciting recent work and research possibilities made possible by the international 1641 Depositions project TCD/Aberdeen/Cambridge) and the TCD/IRCHSS/AHRC funded digital publication of the 1641 depositions (Trinity College Library, MSS 809-841), including his published works.

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