When comparing the times of the English Civil War and life today, I was intrigued by the differences in terms of lifestyle (mainly women’s role, religion and death). Lifestyle back then went hand-in-hand with religion, and so many decisions and ideas were in the name of religion. So why are those ideals different now? Has religion changed or were they using religion wrong to control people? Some of my inquires and conclusions include:
-What role did women play in the English Civil War?
It’s pretty evident that women didn’t play a large part in history. Blame it on religion or “they believed women weren’t as strong” I still had some hope that women played some sort of “big part” in the English Civil War. When researching this question, I found that the women of this time were only known for defending their husbands land and running their farms and businesses while their husbands fought. I guess no surprise there.
I just find it funny how the small things that women do are often emphasized in history books. Is this simply to make girl feel better about themselves today? I guess if women’s lack of involvement bothers you, just remember “What did the English Civil War accomplish?” Is constantly questioned. Maybe its alright if we didn’t play too big of a role!
-Was religion used to control people on a personal level? A level that monarch could not reach
My thinking behind this question is that people believed that God made the decisions and even chose kings-but did they have evidence? Were the people so scared of being excommunicated from the church and “going against God”, they couldn’t argue it? I feel as if monarchs almost played up, or altered religion to control their people.
-How did killing/executing people go from being a normal punishment to something looked down on?
I find it quite interesting how killing people, even for outrageous reasons like witchcraft, went from being normal to being something looked down on. My opinion on Execution is quite twisted. I could defend both sides.
If a man were to murder three children, keeping him alive in jail with food and shelter almost feels wrong to me. Even if he’s in jail for life. Yeah he’s wasting his life away- but at least he still has one. Those three children don’t, it’s almost like rubbing it in their faces. I believe those children would want that man dead, not somewhere he is protected and could potentially escape (it’s happened!). My Mom is a police officer, and she once told me that some homeless people would commit crimes because rotting in jail is better than rotting on the streets. Maybe if they could loose their lives, they’d think twice.
Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting we start killing people for their crimes again! I completely understand why execution is unnecessary, and I’m certainly not angry that it’s not accepted here! I just thought I would throw in a different way to think about it.
These topics relate to the following sections of the curriculum:
- BIG IDEA: Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
- discriminatory policies, attitudes and historical wrongs
- local, regional and global conflicts