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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. The impact of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war on contemporary politics

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 1967 war between Israel and the Arabs was one of the defining moments in the politics of the modern Middle East. We will look at the history of the conflict leading up to the 1967 war, its impact on the region and on contemporary regional and global politics. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. 1968: year of turbulence across the world

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fifty years ago the world was rocked by clashes between forces trying to bring about change and those that were determined to prevent this. As decolonisation progressed, new countries found it hard to resist the pressure to take one or other side in the Cold War. This course looks at the momentous events of that year around the globe: political, diplomatic, social and cultural.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  8. Fascism and neo-Fascism

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This two-session evening course introduces you to the idea of fascism - as a form of leftwing nationalism, its origins, as well as its development as a response to Maxism. This short course will then examine what is meant by neo-fascism, its development arising in the post-WWII period.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  9. Global political Islam

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics have come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics have been fused, and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  10. Colombia: what future for the peace process after the May 2018 elections?

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Even though the initial peace accord between the government and the FARC guerrilla was rejected in a referendum, a revised version was rapidly adopted by parliament in December 2016. What did this new accord include? How is it being implemented? And what are the consequences of the results of the 2018 elections?
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  11. Italian weekend: Quattrocento Florence: identity, politics and the making of the modern world

    Course Date: Fri 27 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This morning course will provide you with a rigorous introduction to life in 15th century Florence, a time and a place of crucial historical interest that not only nurtured the Renaissance but ‘made the modern world’. Drawing from a wide range of contemporary images and source materials, we will explore Florentine political history, economics, philosophy and artistic patronage.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  12. The 'Wyldes' of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead's northern hillside (a guided walk)

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the rural north side of Hampstead by walking across the Heath Extension to the hamlet of Northend, learning about its famous residents, its hostelry and the 17th-century Wyldes farmhouse. We return via the enchanting Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park. Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. 'All the world's a stage': theatres, actors and audiences in the 19th century

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The age of Kean and Irving, Pinero, Wilde and Shaw, of melodrama, pantomime and farce as well as serious drama. But an age too of new theatres/auditoriums, changing audiences, touring companies and impressive theatre staging.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  14. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We groan against the bosses, berate politicians, demonstrate against most aspects of the social system, and then humbly take our orders from above. Is obedience imprinted in our genes? How submissive must people be for society to function? In this short course we will discuss the politics of obedience, drawing on psychology, anthropology, history and political philosophy.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  15. 'Grave Matters': death, burial and the afterlife in the Victorian era

    Grave matters: death, burial and the afterlife in the Victorian era

    Course Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the causes of, and attitudes towards, death and the body, the funeral and the evolving funeral industry, and the emergence of commercial cemeteries and cremation. We will also consider contemporary views of heaven, hell and spiritualism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

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