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Elton and the Study of Tudor Dynasty
In March of 1996, the symposium was held in the Institute of Historical Research of London University. The theme of this symposium was 'Eltonian legacy'. G.R.Elton was the authority of the study of Tudor dynasty who died in 1994. His famous book was Tudor Revolution in Government (Cambridge, 1953) in which he emphasized on the radical change of the administration in 1530's and tbe important role of T.Cromwell in this change. Since then, there had been the controversy of his theory. One of the purposes in the symposium was to locate his study in the history of British historical study. What was the Eltonian legacy? In this article, I'll examine the Eltonian legacy on the basis of the argument of this symposium and the recent study of Tudor dynasty in the view of the history of administration, parliament, politics. The conclusion is as follows ; We can't accept his theory as it is, which is the objection to be critisized. But the attractive point of his argument is the sharp critical mind and new point of view. His capacity to examine materials is the point in which he should be appraised, too. One of the subjects for further study of Tudor dynasty is to relate his study of the central government with the new study of local government to define the state formation in early modern England.