Modern history

Understand and gain a deeper knowledge and grounding in events and people both past and present that are having a significant influence on our present society. From Margaret Thatcher to the current Israel-Palestine conflict to the economic bumps experienced - immerse yourself in fascinating topics that continue to shape the modern world.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Introduction to global issues

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy

    and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  5. Global critical issues: discussion group

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  6. Modern France: politics and society since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course will cover the historical evolution of French politics and society throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, with an in-depth analysis of the key moments and issues that affected the country. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government's

    support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This interactive lecture-based course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  9. The Making of American power: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Trump

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Trump administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. This course is a broad survey of America’s changing place in the world, investigating the relationship between domestic and international politics. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. 60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 2019, sixty years after Fidel Castro's rebel army overthrew an American-backed dictatorship, the US and Cuba are at a cross-roads: the Castro era now over; the Trump administration threatening to return to a Cold War footing. This one day course will reveal how we got here — via sugar cane fires and exploding cigars. It will use photography, film clips and primary sources to bring to life the stories that made that that history — and to ask, what happens next? Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. 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

  12. A short introduction to Populism

    Course Date: Sun 19 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is populism and how does it apply to America and Europe? An insightful short introduction to populism. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. The 2011 Arab uprisings and their aftermath

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the complex realities of the 'Arab Spring', the different outcomes emerging in the various Arab states and the aftermath, on this interactive lecture-based course. This interactive lecture course provides an insight into a rapidly changing situation with major implications for the 21st century. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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