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. Continuity and change in medieval Jerusalem

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using a selection of primary sources, this interactive lecture-based course will examine the history of 12th century Jerusalem: its sensational and bloody fall to the army of the First Crusade in 1099; its Christian transformation under the Crusader kings; its conquest under Saladin in 1187, and the changes that were then made to the city and the life of its people. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. The US and Latin America: from the Cuban Revolution to Trump's border wall

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover a dramatic history of coups, interventions and revolutionary struggles. This course unravels the key themes of US-Latin American relations, brought to life by film clips, photography and primary sources. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the historical roots of this conflict emphasising the peace process of the 1990s - Madrid talks, Oslo agreement, Camp David talks and the recent Middle Eastern road map, as well as the latest developments on this stimulating interactive lecture course. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Global critical issues: discussion group

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues that impact people globally? Then join this couse for a lively, informed discussion about events that are shaping our world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  5. Post-revolutionary America: the Federal Period (1781-1815)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Post-Revolutionary America was a time of unity as well as competition between the former colonies. This course will examine the founding of the new nation, from a confederation of states to a federal state under a constitution. We will consider the relationship between states and the federal government, as well as government and the people, through the changes and developments from the Articles of Confederation, the controversies over the Constitution, to the framers and founders of the new nation, many of whom would go on to hold positions in the new government.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on Wednesday, 29 May 2019.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  6. Village London

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping, in one initial lecture at Build and eight walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. Stories of London

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walk 2,000 years of London’s history. Explore the lanes and alleyways of the city of London and learn about the lives of its people, both rich and poor. Initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  8. Early modern Spain: 1500 - 1850

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to cover the expansion of the Spanish empire, the period of Habsburg Spain including the Armada, culminating in the war of Spanish succession, which led to the united kingdom of Spain under the Bourbons; the decline of Spain, the Napoleonic period and beyond. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Medieval London

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation? These and other questions will be addressed on this course.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. World War into Cold War

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the "Grand Alliance" of the USA, Britain and the USSR degenerated into a Cold War that divided Europe for forty years. See where the Cold War got hot in other parts of the world.

    NOTE: Break week - no class session on Thursday, 30 May 2019. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. The music of Revolutionary Russia

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The revolutions of 1917 marked the beginning of huge musical changes in Russia. Come and delve into this turbulent musical world. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on Friday, 31 May 2019.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  12. An introduction to 18th century liberties

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore 18th century Europe by examining how different ideas about freedom emerged as a springboard for investigating 18th century soceity, culture and politics. Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Africa: the legacy of colonisation

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to colonialism, on this interactive lecture-based course, 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?
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. London at war: 1939-1945

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    Explore in this interactive lecture course how Londoners faced many challenges: bombing, fires, destruction, caring for the vulnerable while also dealing with work, rationing and blackouts. How did Londoners experience these things, and with what legacy?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them?
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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