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. Russian civil war: 1917-1922

    Course Date: Tue 22 May 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). N.B. no session on Tuesday 26 June. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. London and the Reformation

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Reformation had a profound effect on the landscape of 16th-century London as church buildings were transformed into stables, private houses, a wine tavern and biscuit factory! Nearly 50 martyrs were burnt or died in prison in London. Come along and find out more.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Medieval science and medicine

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the complaints people suffered from late antiquity to the High Middle Ages. We investigate how cures were obtained through diet, bloodletting, purgation, medicine and prayer, often in accordance with the treatments of Galen and other authorities. Tutor: Micahel Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Bacon and Galileo: science as domination?

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    According to 20th century philosophers Husserl, Adorno and Horkheimer, the legacy of Bacon and Galileo is a combination of experiment, mathematics and technology which results in the domination of nature with many untoward consequences. Is this fair? Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Global inequalities and consumer society

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sociological look at power and divisions. Examine the relationship between institutions and inequalities, focusing on such issues as race, gender, class and disability. Tutor: Christina Julios.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. Further village London: guided walks

    Course Date: Wed 11 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Archway, Fitzrovia and Soho. Why did these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London? This is a continuation of 'Village London' (HLW24), but new students are welcome. The first meeting place will be just outside Hampstead tube station.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. French weekend: Bastille Day - an evaluation of the event and its significance

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The storming of the Bastille is undoubtedly one of the most famous events in French history. What led to the events of 14th July 1789? What were their consequences? And what place does that day occupy in the French collective memory?
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  8. La Belle Epoque? An introduction to French politics, society and culture in the early 20th century

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was La Belle Epoque really a 'golden age'? Socio-economic conditions remained appalling for many, and deep tensions over issues such as religion and workers' rights divided society. Yet a sense of optimism prevailed, fostered by a flamboyant cultural life, greater access to leisure and scientific and technical progress.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  9. Ronald Reagan: the 'happy warrior'

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reagan reset the American presidency after the traumas of the 60's and 70's. Often dismissed as a triumph of style over substance, Reagan changed the direction of the US and the world. Now, with some critical distance, it is time to review and appraise the man and what he achieved.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  10. The Old Father-River: the poetry of the Thames from 1500 to the present day

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beginning with an idealised, semi-pastoral Thames, the course progresses via satirical 18th century evocations to the complex responses of Romantic and Modern poets, concluding with a meditation commissioned for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  11. Art Deco London walk

    Course Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Travel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected. The meeting place will be outside Victoria Coach Station on Buckingham Palace Road.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  12. In and out the Angel: a guided walk

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    With its many watery, cinematic and theatrical associations, Angel is a delightful part of London to explore. Meander through its quiet backstreets and canal towpaths and hear stories of Starvation Farm, Disraeli's schooldays, Joe Orton, with his rather unusual visits to the local library, and London's first pub theatre. Meeting place: outside Angel tube.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  13. France after 1918: the socio-economic, political and cultural consequences of the war

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The victory against Germany in November 1918 came at a dramatic human and economic cost for France. How did French society cope with the trauma? What were the political, social and cultural consequences of the conflict and of peace itself?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  14. Current affairs

    Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. The legacies of colonialism in Africa

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to colonialism, we will cover the imposition of colonialism, focusing on the 'scramble' for Africa and the main legacies of colonialism – a modernizing force or brutal exploitation that had devastating consequences for African development? Tutor: Mark McQuinn.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

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