Social, cultural and religious conflicts roiled the cauldron of politics in the 17th century. When a leader lost an election one month, he might lose a vital organ the next. Energetic partisans altered more than one national destiny with elective surgery on the body politic…and, that was only domestic political violence. Emerging European empires raised the level of international violence worldwide. The Short-Docs here explore the turbulent politics of the 17th century and how they changed our world.

John Miller on the Restoration of Charles II
For 11 years England was a republic, but in that short amount of time the people realized that what England really needed, and what they all wanted, was a monarchy. John Miller, author and Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London, describes the restoration of Charles II to the throne of England.


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