History

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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  1. "Habsburgh" Cities in the Successor States (since 1918)

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will cover the divergent trajectories of the same cities in the successor states to the Habsburg Empire. While Vienna went from Imperial metropolis via capital of a small nation state to provincial backwater during the Third Reich before its rebirth after 1945 and especially following the fall of Communism, Budapest and Prague became the seats of government of independent Hungary and Czechoslovakia in 1918. Tutor: Rudolf Muhs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. 'Out of sight…': life of inmates in the Victorian workhouse, prison and lunatic asylum

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These institutions were familiar but less so the daily lives of those inside in them. We explore aspects of inmates’ day-to-day existence, rationale for the policies/ approaches adopted and changes made in the Victorian era.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. 17th century Europe: religion, money, power

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A time of devastating religious wars and economic crisis. How did Europe solve the problem of religious war and civil war between 1618-1648? How did money and power combine in this crucial period of the development of capitalism? Why was the oldest share in the world issue in Holland in 1606? [Note: No class session on 10th November]. Tutor: Andrew MacKay.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. 18th century garden history: Arcadia and the 18th century garden

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gardens are artificial but the greatest English contribution to art was to make them appear natural. Investigate how the 18thc redefined garden making, and the way we understand the landscape, both in theory and practice. Please see the course outline (on website) before enrolling to check any additional costs (travel, entrance fees etc) or time commitments involved in this course.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. 18th century garden history: towards Arcadia

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how and why the decades after the Restoration became a really exciting period in garden history, as formality gradually gave way and designers like Vanbrugh, Bridgeman and Kent worked their magic on the landscape. Please see the course outline (bildutrapagaran.info) before enrolling to check any additional costs (travel, entrance fees etc) or time commitments involved in this course.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  6. 1900-1940: The rise and fall of empires

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1900, there were numerous empires: some solely in Europe, others spanning Asia and other parts of the world. Why did some collapse and others expand as a result of the Great War? Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. 1917: an entrance and an exit in the First World War

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    1917 was a momentous year in the First World War. We will look primarily at two great turning points in the War: the entry of the United States into the conflict and the collapse of Tsarist Russia in the two revolutions. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  8. A Dickens’ of a time: the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 12 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the ‘traditional’ Christmas season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  9. A history of India from 1500

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India’s rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. A history of London: 1815-1845

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did London and Londoners experience the period of repression and reform that followed the long French wars? How did London develop and what was the impact of the railways?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London- its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. A history of London: 1880-1914

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London- capital of empire- was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  13. A history of Native American slavery

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. A taste of history

    Course Date: Mon 11 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster session will introduce you to history and politics courses here at Build. Enjoy learning a bit about history and its relation to current political events.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  15. After imperialism: the African leaders who took over at independence

    Course Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the first presidents of newly-independent African states - how their personalities shaped their nations, the challenges inherited and policies pursued. Special focus on the leaders of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Tutor: Hywel Nelson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

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