History

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Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge or St Pauls. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. We reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.


American History

NEW  From the Gilded to the Jazz Age

American history from the end of Reconstruction, 1876 to the Great Depression, covering The Gilded Age, the rise of populism, the growth of the American Empire, the US entry into WWI and the Roaring 20s.

Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8.45pm                Russell Walker

  • 10 sessions 20 April   £140 / £84  HA3 : Online to start with (Zoom), will move to Stoke  Lodge, when restrictions allow               

 Thursdays 6.45pm to 8.45pm              Russell Walker

  • 10 sessions 22 April   £140 / £84      HA4 : Online via Zoom                                                                                                                     

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Ancient Greek History

NEW  Alexander the Great – an Introduction

Have you ever wondered who Alexander the Great was, or what made him ‘Great’? This short course will give an overview of his life, achievements and legacy.

Tuesdays  6.30m to 8.30pm  Richard Stride

  • 5 sessions 8 June   £70 / £42    HAG:  Stoke Lodge           

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BRITISH HISTORY

NEW   The Agricultural Revolution, the Working Classes, and the Landless Labourer.

An examination of the radical consequences of the eighteenth century agricultural revolution upon the population of England.

Tuesday 2pm to 4pm  Rosemary Caldicott

  • 1 session 30 March   £16 / £10     SHR2 : Online                 

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Early Georgian England, 1714-1760

A story of worldwide war with France, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion, and the beginnings of modern political structures. We also touch on cultural developments, in music and literature.

Thursdays 1.15pm – 3.15pm  John Stevens

  • 8 sessions 22 April  £112/ £68   HEGE : This course will start off on ZOOM, but switch to in-person delivery at Stoke Lodge, when Covid-19 restrictions allow                                                                                                          

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NEW Britain’s Road to Democracy, 1829-1929

The age of Bismarck and Garibaldi still fascinates. We study how the great political forces- conservatism and liberalism, nationalism and socialism- contended for the hearts and minds, and in times of war or revolution, the lives- of Europeans.

Saturday 10am – 3pm           John Stevens

  • 1 session 26 June  £42 / £26   HBRD     Stoke Lodge                                                                                                     

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French History

NEW  Revolutions, coups, military defeats:

How democracy struggled to prevail in the political turmoil of the 19th and 20th centuries in France –  held in English

France is considered a country with a long and well-established democratic tradition. The French Revolution has made it the country of human rights, and it would seem fair to assume that France has been a republican and democratic country ever since.  But it could not be further from the truth. In fact, all along the 19th century and even for a good part on the 20th, the political situation was highly unstable and a democratic regime really struggled to prevail. Wars, revolutions and coups periodically punctuated French history, and republics, monarchies and even nearly dictatorial regimes alternated. Meanwhile, democratic ideas were progressing very slowly, but surely.   This course will explore this long progression, and all its twists and turns, using some authentic materials and starting a discussion about the events that make French history, and even French contemporary politics, so intricate.

Thursdays   1.30pm – 3.30pm    Magali Vidal

  •  5 sessions   22 April      £70 / £42    HF2: Online            MAX 8                                                                                                   

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SPANISH HISTORY

The Spanish Civil War and its implications for Contemporary Spain

The course will examine the origins and consequences of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), for the understanding of contemporary Spain. Taking a historical approach, we will use films, documentaries, literature and history texts to illustrate the issues generated by the conflict, past and present.

Mondays 9.45am – 11.45am Gorka Diaz

  • 5 sessions 19 April   £70 / £42  HS3 : Online via Zoom                                                                                                         

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Franco’s dictatorship and the Spanish transition to democracy

The course will explore the periods of Franco’s dictatorship and Spain’s transition to democracy. Taking a historical approach, we will use films, documentaries, literature and  historical texts  to illustrate and explore the key events of those periods.

Mondays 9.45am – 11.45am  Gorka Diaz

  • 5 sessions 7 June  £56/£34  HS4: Online

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