History

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. 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. St Petersburg and Russian music

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the rich musical heritage of St Petersburg, one of the most important cultural centres in the nineteenth century and the focus for the creation of a national music in Russia. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 26th October. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. Women's London

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Visiting such diverse areas as Bow, Belgravia, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Westminster and Whitechapel, this series of walking tours gives centre stage to women whose experiences have left their mark on London. First meeting outside Whitechapel tube.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  3. St Petersburg and the history of the Russian Empire

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The interactive lecture course offers a broad survey of the development of St. Petersburg and the different constellations of power and culture in its history over more than 200 years: courtly society and political struggles; secular and church architecture; art collections, musical life and academic progress; socio-economic change including the tensions created by urbanisation and industrialisation; controversies over Russia’s identity; discontent and repression, and finally war and revolution. Tutor:Rudolf Muhs.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  4. Cosmopolitan Notting Hill

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Everyone associates Notting Hill with the Caribbean carnival but past residents have come from a wide variety of places. We look at the area’s Serbian, Spanish, Portuguese, Moroccan, Indian, Jewish and Caribbean connections.

    Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.. Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  5. Modernist Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the revolutionary Modernist homes and idealistic architecture built in Hampstead in the 1930s. Passing some more recent examples, this walk will finish at the iconic Isokon flats in Belsize Park.

    Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park. Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  6. Understanding the US mid-term elections: the nuts and bolts

    Course Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-off talk will be introducing students to the 'nuts and bolts' of American mid-term elections. How does it differ from a Presidential election cycle? What significance do these elections have at the federal and state-levels? Understanding how the system works will aid you in following the mid-term elections taking place on the 6th November across the US. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  7. Indian nationalism and the British Raj

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course will deliver an interactive-lecture on the British Raj, Colonial rule and the impact this had on Indian nationalism. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Emmanuel Macron: from his rise to the face-off with the unions

    Course Date: Thu 25 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One year before the 2017 election, few believed Macron could win and become president. What made his victory possible? Since then his many reforms have been both welcome and rejected by French people. At time of growing tensions, where is France heading? Explore these ideas on this one-off interactive lecture course. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. Votes for Women - the Aftermath: women, politics and 'feminine' issues, 1918-1939

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    But what did happen after enfranchisement? Aspects explored include adjusting to peace, women as voters and parliamentary candidates, policies pursued by those elected and women’s involvement in social/political campaigns, pacifism and response to international developments.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  10. From Indochina to Algeria: the fall of the French colonial empire

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the aftermath of the Second World War, France lost in less than two decades most of its colonies. Some, in Africa, gained independence peacefully but others, Indochina and Algeria, only achieved it after prolonged and bloody wars with dramatic consequences. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  11. History reading group: radical thinkers of the 18th through the 20th centuries

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is not so much a course as a forum to explore late18th-20th century Europe (including Britain) through the lives of radical figures / thinkers.

    NOTE: We will meet four times: 31 October, 5 December 2018; 20 February and 10 April



    Our first text, The Life and Death of Mary Wollestonecraft by Claire Tomalin (reprinted Penguin, 2012), allows us to dip into the end of the 18th century and explore some of the ideas which laid the foundations for many future radical thinkers.



    At the first session there will be distributed a list of other biographies the group may find useful in selecting future books to discuss. Also suggestions from the group will be very welcome. Please note before suggesting a

    biography consider not only the biographer and subject but also the accessibility of the biography (availability, length, cost). Tutor: Carmel Elwell.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  12. Origin and evolution: a short history of America's complex federal system

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Federalism in the United States is the dynamic relationship between state governments and the federal government of the United States. Develop an understanding of this complex relationship and explore how shifts of power in America challenge government cooperation.

    NOTE: no class session on Wed, 21 Novembmer 2018. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. The Russian Civil War: 1917 - 1922

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Russian civil war (1917 - 1922) took place in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. While many factions vied to determine the course of Russia's future, the two largest groups were the Red Army (led by Lenin) and the White Armies (led by former officers of the Tsarist state). Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Understanding the US mid-term elections: America’s choice (results and review of the 6th November mid-term elections)

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-off talk will be reviewing the American mid-term election results of the 6th November election. Surprises? Expected results? Impact of the mid-term results on Congressional outlook for the remaining two-years of the presidential cycle. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £15.00

  15. The Rise and Fall of the Weimar republic: Germany 1918-1933

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the turmoil at the end of the First World War, various factions in Germany sought to create a republic and this was first proclaimed on November 9, 1918. In many ways the Weimar Republic was a genuine attempt to create a perfect democratic country, but by 1923 it was already looking fragile. This course explores the reasons for the establishment of the republic, its ambitions and achievements, its mishaps and its eventual overthrow by the Nazis. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

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