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Former IAS Fellow Professor Andy Wood publishes ‘The Memory of the People: Custom and Popular Senses of the Past in Early Modern England’

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Former IAS Time Fellow and now Professor of Social History at Durham, Andy Wood has published ‘The Memory of the People: Custom and Popular Senses of the Past in Early Modern England ‘, the first major study of popular memory in the early modern period. Drawing upon a wide body of archival material, it integrates historical analysis with memory studies to focus on how popular memory influenced the formation of customary law, social identities and local tradition. Professor Wood’s book is based on twenty years’ research and thought.As Professor of Social History Andy Wood writes about the poorer and middling people of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian England, and has published on a wide range of issues, including popular politics, class relations, rebellion, the mid-Tudor crisis, the English Revolution, local communities, literacy, oral culture, memory and customary law. He is also the author of 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Riot, Rebellion and Popular Politics in Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2002) and The Politics of Social Conflict: The Peak Country, 1520-1770 (Cambridge University Press, 1999) .  He has held Research Fellowships with the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Institute of Advanced Study.

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