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Social Networks and Ideological Movements in History: Burning and the Rise of English Protestantism

Social Networks and Ideological Movements in History: Burning and the Rise of English Protestantism

This video was recorded at 4th European Conference on Complex Systems. There is a historical consensus that at the beginning of the reign of the Catholic Queen Mary (1553-58), the Protestant reforms instituted by Henry VIII in the 1530s and continued under Edward VI (1547-53) had engaged the support of only a tiny minority of the population. The restoration of Catholicism met with widespread approval. But a mere six years later the re-introduction of Protestantism on the Edwardian model by Elizabeth I in 1559 met with virtually no protest. A good historical case can be made that the persecution and burning of high-profile Protestants by Mary was an important factor in reversing public opinion. A network approach, in which society is envisaged as a scale-free network with each individual... Show More
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