• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The English Civil War : How the People Chose Their Side and the Affects of the War

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

HOW THE PEOPLE SHOSE THEIR SIDE AND THE AFFECTS OF THE WAR How They Chose The majority of the public did not want to get involved in the English Civil War in 1642. The main factor, which divided the people over and above any other factor, was religion. There were two divisions, those who supported Parliament. These followers consisted of those who sympathized the Church Puritans wanted. The other division consisted of those who preferred the kind of Church Laud had created in order to gain the Kings support. Most ordinary people had tried not to get involved and stay neutral. If an army came there towards them whatever side it was the villagers obeyed the army and did whatever was ordered till they had gone away. However there was some unfortunate ordinary people who did not have a chance to decide who they wanted to support, this was because if their Landlord supported someone strongly he would then force his tenant to support them as well, however much they obliged. ...read more.

Middle

that people end up killing their own flesh and blood, and this fact alone, I think makes it as devastating as any other war in the worlds history. The Affects of the Civil War The affects of this war turned out to huge. The number of casualties which followed were worryingly high, a total of 185,538 people died. 84,738 people of the 185,538 deaths were caused in direct death from combat a further 100,00 died due to indirect deaths (i.e. diseases). Further more deaths were due to Bishop's wars and accidents this made the total rise by another 800 deaths. The English Civil caused a decrease in the population by 3.6%, by comparison to the First World War which was 2.6% and the second which was 0.6% the percentage is very high. This was because the country was fighting against itself this would then mean that more English would die because two armies fighting and getting killed are both English. ...read more.

Conclusion

Once the army had won, everywhere in England he was known as a hero. Still now in the twentieth century some people still agree he is the greatest army leader of all time. Another example of an individual whose status had changed due to the result of the war was Charles 1. Once he had been defeated he was able to be tried and was then found guilty of causing all the bloodshed and misery that recurred in the Civil War. A collapse of censorship took place this allowed public discussion in print. This lifted restriction of the public could be looked at as a popularity stunt by parliament. The affect on trade was also big, as war disrupted trade as markets were cut off. A shortage of money developed when tradesmen and apprentices went to war. However a profit was to be made for the people who made articles for the sides. Overall the affect of the war benefited the Parliamentarians the most due to their importance growing enormously which changed the way England was to be ruled for hundreds years later. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics essays

  1. Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?

    Now, this was probably a big loss, but Cromwell thought that the Church should be based on the Bible. In 1658, Cromwell died, and was given a hero's funeral. On the other hand, some of the things Cromwell did were villainous.

  2. english civil war

    Charles made many bad mistakes, which were the causes for war. At the beginning of his reign in 1625, Charles got off to a bad start. Firstly, he married a catholic. As the country was protestant, parliament refused to give him much-needed money, but he collects it anyway and demolishes parliament.

  1. HENRY V-CRIMINAL OR WAR HERO?

    Prior to that, Henry also leaves part of his army in England to guard against an invasion from Scotland. This is illustrated when the king goes "we must not only arm t'invade the French ...... against the Scots who will make road upon us with all advantages".

  2. An unmitigated disaster. How valid is this assessment of Oliver Cromwells experiment with the ...

    is at least certain that the rule of the sword and the rule of the saints...were burnt into the minds of average, tolerant Englishmen as outrages which must never be permitted to occur again'. (A. C. Wood, Nottinghamshire in the Civil War (Oxford, 1937))

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work