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. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  3. More current affairs

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Gain information and analyse and debate news items on this follow-on course from 'Current affairs'. New students welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  4. The May 1958 crisis: the war in Algeria, the return of De Gaulle, and the fall of the French Fourth and birth of the Fifth Republic

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the causes and consequences of the putsch of Algiers of the 13th May 1958, in both France and Algeria. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. France in May 1968: Egalité! Liberté! Sexualité!

    Course Date: Sun 20 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll explore the events of May 1968 and their consequences on French society and politics. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. 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

  7. Human rights in Britain

    Course Date: Tue 22 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will introduce you to the framework and operation of human rights in contemporary Britain. It will be practical and interactive, aiming to develop critical perspectives on this most dynamic and rapidly evolving area of the constitution. Tutor: Jonathan Thorpe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from 900-1200 CE

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. 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

  13. Victorians abroad

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorians were to be found worldwide, not just in the UK. Among those which the course considers, together with travelling conditions, are tourists, explorers, missionaries, imperial administrators, exiles and those who sought a better life. Please note that there are no classes on Bank Holiday Mondays .
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. Global issues of the 21st century

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores some of the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: transnational terrorism, the environment, human and energy security issues, technology in the changing world, inequality and underdevelopment, and the state's role in a 'globalising' world. N.B. no class on 7 May. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.

    Last session held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

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