How Medieval Revolts Help Us to Understand Mass Protest

Prescott, A. , Bell, A. R., Curry, A. and Lacey, H. (2020) How Medieval Revolts Help Us to Understand Mass Protest. Other. History & Policy.

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Abstract

- Persistence of 19th-century notions of the madness of crowds is evident in recent characterisation of Black Lives Matter protests. - Historical analysis of revolts, particularly from the Middle Ages, helps understand social dynamics of mass protest. - Risings develop when many different grievances combine and protestors develop shared social identity. - Analysing the background of protestors and targets is essential to understanding the protest. - A strong moral economy develops among protestors, legitimising violent protest. - The multi-faceted nature of the protest generates complex patterns of shared leadership. - Hasty and badly-prepared prosecutions are always counterproductive.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Other)
Keywords:Revolts, riots, crowds, social history.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Prescott, Professor Andrew
Authors: Prescott, A., Bell, A. R., Curry, A., and Lacey, H.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:History & Policy

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