Thursday, 9 February 2012

The World Turned Upside Down - 40 years on

One-day Conference at the University of Sheffield on 14 April 2012
Christopher Hill’s classic work, The World Turned Upside Down, was published in 1972. The book, though much criticised, remains one of the most popular books on the history of the English Revolution, offering an enduringly attractive and accessible introduction to the period. In order to mark the 40th anniversary of its publication this conference will bring together experts on popular politics, radical religion, political ideas and the literature of the 1640s, to offer critical appreciations of the book and its influence.

Speakers (and provisional titles):

Thomas Corns, ‘Hill on Milton, Bunyan and Winstanley’

Rachel Foxley, ‘Ideas and individuals in Hill’s revolution’

Ann Hughes, ‘Heterodox religion and radical traditions’

Nicolas McDowell, ‘Decorum Personae: “The World Turned Upside Down” and the Praise of Folly’

John Morrill, ‘Christopher Hill and the epihenomena of revolution’

John Walter, The Radical and the Popular: Popular politics in The World Turned Upside Down

FEE: £10

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