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NEW  Middle East Politics 

This course is an introduction to the politics of the Middle East. Topics include: how the ‘oil factor’ has led to both vast wealth and humanitarian disasters, how wars and shifting regional alliances impact the global balance of power. 

Thursday 2pm to 4pm    Philippa Winkler 

5 sessions from 20 April   £70/£42    HPW3   Stoke Lodge   

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American History 

The Turbulent 60s in America 

An overview of this turbulent and dynamic decade, from an American perspective (but England will come into it a bit).  Culture, war, politics and protest.  From the wonders of space exploration to the event of Woodstock.  Ten years in ten days. 

Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm   Russell Walker 

10 sessions from 18 April        £140 / £84  HAH3                            Online     

This course will be delivered online  using ZOOM 

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NEW Oligarchy in the US 

An overview of the efforts by the modern Republican Party and the extreme right to create a non-representative government in the United States and the historical lead up to this effort and the breakdown of bipartisan politics.                                          

Saturday  10am to 4pm    Russell  Walker 

1 session on 12 November     £42/£26     HAH4    Stoke Lodge

 

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Ancient Greek and Roman History 

NEW  Ancient Historians 

An introduction to the ten key historians of the ancient world, from Herodotus to Tacitus.

Wednesday 10am to 12pm    Richard Stride 

10 sessions from 11 January   £140/£84    HIR1       Stoke Lodge   

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NEW  The Persian Wars 

Ancient Greek history 490 BC to 479 BC. The battle of Marathon, the 300 Spartans, Xerxes, the destruction of Athens – it’s all here! This study of what is arguably the most important period in Western history is an extraordinary tale full of intrigue, bravery, and twists and turns.

Tuesday 1pm to 3pm    Richard Stride 

6 sessions from 24 January   £84/£52    HIR2      Stoke Lodge   

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English History 

NEW  ‘The Cousins’ War’ – 15th century English History 

The story of the colourful period known as the ‘Wars of the Roses’ and an introduction to some of the main characters involved. 

Tuesday 10am to 12pm    Richard Stride 

10 sessions from 27 September   £140/£84    HIR3        Stoke Lodge   

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NEW  History of England 1649-1660 

A study of the extraordinary period of the 1650’s when England experimented with a range of political systems whilst – accidentally – stepping onto the world stage by starting to create an empire. It will focus around a study of 17th century Puritans, and how they shaped our modern world. We will also follow the story of the young Charles II as he fled from England to live in exile.

Tuesday 10am to 12pm    Richard Stride 

10 sessions from 10 January  £140/£84    HIR5         Stoke Lodge   

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British Political Mavericks, 1660-2018 

From Lord Shaftesbury to Nye Bevan and Enoch Powell, we look at famous figures who have challenged the political establishment. 

Thursdays 1pm to 3pm  John Stevens 

8 sessions from 20 April   £112/ £68    HIJ3           Stoke Lodge                    

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European History 

The European Power Struggle 1870-1919 

Continuing the story of Europe in the nineteenth century, we see how Bismarck in his later years sought to maintain a balance of power and how his successors, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, upset this through policies of naval and colonial expansion among other things. We also consider how France’s desire for “revenge” on Germany, Russian and Austrian uncertainties and the conflicting nationalisms of the Balkans contributed to bring about the cataclysm of 1914 -18. 

Thursdays 1pm to 3pm  John Stevens 

10 sessions from 12 January    £140/£84    HIJ5           Stoke Lodge                    

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The European Reformation 1500-1650 

A course about the reforming movements striving for supremacy with the Papacy and frequently with each other.  The story of Luther, Calvin and others, of the Catholic Church’s attempts to reform itself from the inside and of the radical Protestant fringe. 

Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm   John Stevens 

8 sessions from 19 April   £112/£84   HIJ6           Stoke Lodge                  

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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.  

Fridays 12.45pm – 2.45pm      Gorka Diaz 

5 sessions from 13 January   £70 / £42       LAS54    Stoke Lodge

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Franco’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy 

The course aims to explore and understand the nature of  Franco’s dictatorship and how  

the transition to democracy in Spain evolved. 

Taking a historical approach, we will use films, documentaries, literature and history texts to illustrate the issues. 

Fridays 12.45pm – 2.45pm      Gorka Diaz 

5 sessions from 24 February  £70 / £42      LAS55   Stoke Lodge

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Russian History 

NEW Russian History from the rise of the Soviet Union to the Fall of the Wall 

A survey of the rise of the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution.  It will focus on Lenin, Stalin and the Terror and the ‘Great Patriotic War,’ the post-war years of the Cold War and the eventual decline under Mikael Gorbachev.                                                                                   

Thursdays 7pm to 9pm         Russell Walker                                                                                                                                               

10 sessions from 12 January       £140 / £84  HRH2        Online    

This course will be delivered online  using ZOOM 

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NEW Russian History from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present day 

The final course covers the years since the Soviet Union fell, including the Yeltsin years of economic hardship, the rise of the Oligarchs and the emergence of Vladimir Putin               

Thursdays 7pm to 9pm          Russell Walker                                                                                                                                                 

10 sessions from 20 April       £140 / £84  HRH3                            Online    

This course will be delivered online  using ZOOM 

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