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. The Russian Revolution of 1917

    Course Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    101 years ago two revolutions swept through the Russian Empire. The second, October 1917, is a pivotal moment in modern world history, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. This introductory interactive lecture course explores how and why these two revolutions occurred. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. The Ottoman Empire (end of the 13th century - early 20th century)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will examine the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire - exploring its rich history and the complexity of its culture, society and politics.

    Note: Further details for this course will be made available in late October/early November 2018.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. Political history reading group: 20th century world history

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through discussion of selected biographies we will explore in depth key individuals in 20th Century world history , their legacy and the era in which they lived. The first class will discuss Citizen Clem (2016) by John Bew- the winner of both the Orwell and Elizabeth Longford prizes.

    NOTE: This course consists of four sessions on 2 October, 27 November, 15 January and 26 February.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

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