Century Studies Courses in London

Each course provides an in-depth insight into how a certain century influenced both today’s society and the events of the time. Delve into a specific topic and analyse the effects the events surrounding it had on previous ideas and later trends. From great composers to the rise and fall of empires, discover the periods of history that have made us who we are today. Our current set of courses will begin in the 18th century.

  1. Struggle for supremacy in 18th century Europe

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course offers an overview of the complex interaction of European states in the eighteenth century. We will explore, with a light touch, the struggle for dominance between Spain, France, Britain, Scandinavia, Prussia and Russia; and between Habsburgs and Bourbons. We will attempt to bring clarity to this often convoluted struggle (which ranged from India to Canada) while recognising its complexity.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. St Petersburg, Sibelius and musical nationalism

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the musically fruitful relationship between Russia and Finland, using the music of Sibelius as our guide. No previous musical knowledge necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 22nd February. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. Life and times of George I

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From being the ruler of an obscure German electorate George I suddenly became king of on the most powerful nations in the world in his fifties. He was never popular in his new kingdom but established a constitutional monarchy which has survived to today. Explore his life and world on this interactive lecture course. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. The life and times of George II

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. His reign marked the high point of Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift. In politics, Robert Walpole created the post of Prime Minister and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was the last attempt by the Stuarts to regain power and made him into an instant legend. Towards the end of the reign men like Pitt, Wolfe and Clive laid the foundations of the British empire whilst the Agricultural Revolution was transforming British society.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. The end of globalisation?

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course explores several ideas present in globalisation studies - i.e. nationalist neo-liberalism (e.g.Trumpianism, Brexiteerism), post-national urbanism (e.g. networks of world cities), corporatist neo-liberalism, regionalism (e.g. ASEAN, EU) and potential emerging neo-empires (e.g. empires of affiliation in distinction to colonialism). Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. A view of the Age of Napoleon through English poetry

    Course Date: Sat 6 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The hopes and fears of this revolutionary era were reflected in the poetry of the leading Romantics, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley. We shall consider in context a representative selection of their works. Tutor: Peter Brennan.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

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