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The English origins of modern democracy

Dr Rachel Hammersley, Newcastle University

Date/Time: Thursday 3 May 2018, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Modern democracy is not merely the product of 18th-century revolution and 19th-century reform. Democratic ideas had been part of English political debate for two centuries by the time of the American Revolution in 1776. In celebration of May Day – a day closely associated with Englishness, popular action and workers’ rights – this lecture will trace the history of democratic thought in early-modern England.