Professor of Local and Social History

Andrew Hopper is Professor of Local and Social History in the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College. He is a specialist on early modern British history. He graduated from the University of York in 1993, before returning to complete a MA and doctoral thesis on the mobilization of support for Parliament in Yorkshire during the civil war. He has since taught History at the Universities of East Anglia, Birmingham, and until 2021, as Director of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. He is the author of Black Tom: Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution(Manchester, 2007), and Turncoats and Renegadoes: Changing Sides during the English Civil Wars (Oxford, 2012).

Andrew Hopper

Their programmes

Professor Andrew Hopper and Dr Ismini Pells reveal some of the key findings from this study which opens a window on the impact of the British Civil Wars through the lives of veterans, widows and orphans in a world turned upside down.

Civil War Petitions Project, No Audio, Talks, Video

To unravel this historiography Contributing Editor, Professor Andrew Hopper, sat down with Dr Stephen Roberts, the distinguished Emeritus Editor of The History of Parliament.

Academic, Interviews

John Pym, who was born in 1584 and died in December 1643, was one of the most important Parliamentary figures in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Civil Wars.

1640, 1641, 1642, Charles I, Interviews

The battle of Naseby finally destroyed the field army of the King and in two hours changed the history not only of Britain, but every modern democracy.

1645, Battles, Civil War Petitions Project, Interviews, Military Medicine

Discover the momentous event that occurred at Naseby, which was to shape history - not only of Britain but every modern democracy.

1645, Charles I, English Civil Wars, Interviews, Military History, Oliver Cromwell

It is often said that there was nothing 'civil' about the British Civil Wars. This was not the story of dashing Cavaliers and God-fearing Roundheads fighting battles in fields far from the civilian population.

Civil War Petitions Project, English Civil Wars, Interviews

“Turncoat!” The word creates immediate images of traitors, renegades and defectors… here is a person who places self-interest above the well-being or safety of comrades-in-arms, and so switches sides irrespective of the resulting harm it does to the Cause.

English Civil Wars, Interviews, Royalists

Discover the stories of ordinary people preserved in more than 4000 petitions. Professor Andrew Hopper introduces this window in to what the conflict meant for them.

Civil War Petitions Project, English Civil Wars, Interviews

This podcast discusses the range of factors which caused the defeat of the royalists in England and Wales during the First Civil War of 1642-1646.

Charles I, English Civil Wars, Key Questions, Royalists, Talks, Teachers

Events which affected the course of British history are revealed in the “History of Parliament” Project.

English Civil Wars, Interviews