Lecture Five: History and Time
This lecture takes its bearings from the observation that in early modern England generation was often understood as a unit of historical chronology. It examines the development of official and alternative histories of the Reformation before considering the processes by which contemporaries came to think of the Reformation as a past event rather than an unfinished and ongoing development. It explores the naming and dating of the Reformation and assesses how senses of religious change, upheaval and rupture contributed to creating enduring models of periodization, as well as to altering how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century society comprehended the passage of time. It will also engage with influential claims about the nature and transformation of both modes of historiography and regimes of temporality in this era.
Date: 16 February 2018, 17:00 (Friday, 5th week, Hilary 2018)
Venue: Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street OX1 4BG
Venue Details: South School
Speaker: Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge)
Organising department: Faculty of History
Part of: The James Ford Lectures - Family and Empire: Kinship and British Colonialism in the East India Company Era, c. 1750-1850
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Laura Spence