The role of the democratic movements - "The Levellers" and "The Diggers" - in the English Civil War

Szegedi, Szonja (1999) The role of the democratic movements - "The Levellers" and "The Diggers" - in the English Civil War. Other, Juhász Gyula Tanárképző Főiskola.

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The decision about the topic of my Diploma work wasn't easy . I didn't know what exactly to write about • but one but one thing was sure : it should be something within the period of the English Civil Wars . As I read books about the Wars I found it interesting that several groups of the society were there included with different interests . I was curious to know which group was the most important among them . I chose the " Leveller " movement - the "Levellers" and the "Diggers" - because in my opinion without them nothing would have changed I think it's important to know which circumstances - both economic and religious - led to the Wars. I tried to show how serious the battles were and how the people's side - the Parliamentarianwas able to win . After the first Civil War there was a debate whether to continue the Wars or not . Here played the "Leveller" movement an important role , It was because of their influence that the King - Charles I. - was executed and the Commonwealth of England was established . The ambitions of both groups were democratic , the difference is that next to the "leveller" demand - the equality of rights- the more radical group of the"Diggers" wanted the equality of property. They were also dismissed as Lilburne's followers leaving their aims unrealised . These groups' ambitions were revolutionary at that time . They weren't as strong as they should have been to change everything and to establish the "ideal" society but strong enough to have such an influence that changed the current social system.


Juhász Gyula Tanárképző Főiskola


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




Supervisor scientific name label
Dean, Michael

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Subjects: 05. Social sciences > 05.03. Educational sciences
Depositing User: Szerkesztő JGYPK
Date Deposited: 2019. Jun. 07. 09:02
Last Modified: 2020. Jun. 23. 13:03

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