How to stage a 17th-century riot

When & Where

Wednesday, 19 April 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Online, Online, Online

Event Details

Songs, rhymes, print propaganda... there were many ways to stir 'the people' into a frenzy in 1690s Scotland!

Focusing on key riotous case studies, this talk will think about how and why Scots might be prepared to make a stand against those in government.

It's tempting to think of mass political participation and public debate as features of our own 'postmodern' age, but look deeper and it’s clear they were already deeply entrenched in Scottish political culture by the end of the 17th century - and even used to exchange ideas on many of the issues we are still debating today.

This 45-minute Zoom talk by Dr Laura Doak, chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A with audience questions.

The £10 booking fee includes on-demand access to the recording for 7 days.


Rachel Bellerby



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