American History Courses in London

From British colonisation to revolution, through expansionism to the Trump administration, learn about US history and politics - its presidents, power shifts and presence in global politics. These history classes and lectures focus on many aspects of America’s rich history and allow you to engage with passionate tutors on a variety of topics prominent in the American story.

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  1. 60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 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?
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. What is history?

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores some different ways of looking at, and understanding, history.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  3. The US Presidents who made the post-war world

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Countdown to the 2020 US elections

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 19 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covering the most important election in recent history, Mark Malcolmson (Principal of Build) takes us through America's next electoral cycle. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  5. Slavery and the Civil War: The United States from 1815 to 1865

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will look at American history from 1815 to 1865. Much of the course will focus on how regional divisions developed, how the topic of slavery divided the nation, and how that ultimately culminated in The Civil War. However, we will also look at other political, economic, social, and cultural developments during that half century.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. The American Civil War: 1861 - 1865

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The War that changed the landscape of America – politically, economically and socially. This course will be examining the reasons behind the War; a few of the deadliest battles and personalities; the role of

    African slaves and freedmen & women; and the economics of paying for the war. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. American Liberalism from FDR to Obama

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of liberalism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. The Mexican revolution

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Learn about the Mexican Revolution in this fascinating course.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  9. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945 - 2003

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. The making of American power: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Trump

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 20 Feb 2020
    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

  11. American conservatism from Hoover to Trump

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of conservatism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. A history of the US-Mexican border

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover the dark history of America’s southern border, from the frontier to Trump’s wall. This one-day course will look at border enforcement, migration and the roots of anti-immigrant sentiment using film, photography, and primary sources. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Native American women in history and culture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The role of Native North American women in history and culture. Largely dismissed as secondary figures in North

    American history, the course will reveal the significant place that women had in historical and political affairs both

    internally and in diplomacy.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Native American slavery in American history

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

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