World history

Explore the rich and often turbulent history and culture of various regions and specific countries from around the world. Tutors will take students on a journey of discovery to the hidden gems of places familiar, near and far, from modern France (1900 onwards) to Latin America to India (from the 1500s).

  1. Indian nationalism and the British Raj

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course will deliver an interactive-lecture on the British Raj, Colonial rule and the impact this had on Indian nationalism. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. The Russian Civil War: 1917 - 1922

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 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). Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. The politics and society of contemporary India

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India's rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. We will examine contemporary India through its politics and society in this interactive lecture day-course. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. The Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Ottoman empire lasted from 1300 right through to 1918. We will study the rise and fall of the empire.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

  5. 1940 - 1989: the rise and fall of empires

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Both defeated and victorious countries saw their empires collapse in the years following the Second World War. We look at how this happened and how new kinds of empire emerged in the aftermath.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Nasser and the new Arab nationalism

    Nasser and the new Arab nationalism

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore secular Arab nationalism under the leadership of Nasser, in the aftermath of WWII and the foundation of Israel on this interactive lecture-based course. Look at why Arabs turned to political Islam after the 'failure of secular nationalism'. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  11. History reading group: radical thinkers of the 18th through the 20th centuries

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is not so much a course as a forum to explore late18th-20th century Europe (including Britain) through the lives of radical figures / thinkers.

    NOTE: We will meet four times: 31 October, 5 December 2018; 20 February and 10 April



    Our first text, The Life and Death of Mary Wollestonecraft by Claire Tomalin (reprinted Penguin, 2012), allows us to dip into the end of the 18th century and explore some of the ideas which laid the foundations for many future radical thinkers.



    At the first session there will be distributed a list of other biographies the group may find useful in selecting future books to discuss. Also suggestions from the group will be very welcome. Please note before suggesting a

    biography consider not only the biographer and subject but also the accessibility of the biography (availability, length, cost). Tutor: Carmel Elwell.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

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