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. America: from British colonisation to the American Revolution

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore this dynamic period of American history - from its contentious relationship with Britain to its fight for independence during the American Revolution. Examine key points that would shape America to what it is today. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  2. A Marvellous Miscellany: gardening in the early 19th century (1818-1860)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be amazed by early 19thc gardens from great estates and suburban villas to backyards! Discover the books, magazines and people who opened gardening up to amateurs as plant hunting, technology and science transformed British horticulture. An interactive lecture course. Please see the course outline (on website) before enrolling to check any additional costs (travel, entrance fees etc) or time commitments involved in this course.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. Anglo-Saxon and Norman London

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using archaeological and written evidence we will explore the development of Saxon London and the changes wrought by the Norman Conquest.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. 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

  5. Early medieval Spain: 700 - 1300

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain the fall of Roman and Visigothic Spain, the legacy of the Muslim period in Spanish history and the gradual process by which Christians re-occupied most of the peninsula. It will compare the mythology of the ‘Re-Conquest’ and ‘El Cid’ with the reality and also consider how the newly established Christian kingdoms drew on their Roman, Visigothic and Muslim predecessors. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  6. Founders of France - Clovis to Charlemagne

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural life of Merovingian & Carolingian Gaul. Authors covered include Gregory of Tours, Fredegar and Notker the Stammerer. In this interactive lecture-based course, we will examine letters and legal documents to reveal fascinating people, places and aspirations. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. American political institutions

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewnig its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  10. 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

  11. Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the second son, Charles was never meant to become king. He rose to the challenge and tried to live up to his father's ideals of kingship. Sadly this led to Civil War and death. The interactive lecture-based course looks at his life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government's support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This interactive lecture-based course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. Japanese imperialism from 1914 to 1945

    Course Date: Mon 18 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course provides a short introduction to Japanese imperialism during the period between World War One and World War Two [1914 - 1945]. We will examine the idea of Japanese imperialism during the war and it’s acquisition of territories under a League of Nation’s mandate at the end of World War One; through to its domestic political-military issues of the 1930s leading to its demise at the end of World War Two.

    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Late medieval Spain: 1300 - 1500

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain how the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism interacted in the Iberian peninsula. It charts the dramatic social changes of the 14th century wrought by famine, plague and economic crises. At the same time, it studies the key political developments which led to the emergence of a united Spanish kingdom, the precursor to the Empire. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

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

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    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

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