17th century Europe: religion, politics and war

Course Dates: 24/01/20 - 27/03/20
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

A survey of the tumultuous 17 century in Europe- politics, religion, war and society.

A detailed list of lectures below.


What is the course about?

An overview of the key themes and events in 17th century European history from the impact of the reformation through to the expansion of Europe into the East and the Americas.
Please see the detailed list of lectures below.

What will we cover?

1. Europe in 1600
2. The Thirty Years’ War
3. State-Building: Law and Order
4. Courts and Centres
5. Rebels and Revolutionaries
6. Europe and the East
7. Europe and the Americas (tbc)
8. European Art
9. The Plague in Europe
10. Urban Society.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify the key themes and events in 17th century European history.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an `introductory` course and does not assume previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through a mixture of lectures and class discussion, using a range of writings; visual evidence including maps, photographs, paintings; statistics and graphs. Evidence will include primary (contemporary) sources as well as secondary sources (subsequent reflections).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs.
However, a pen and paper will be useful for any note-taking you may want to make during the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in British and European history. Please see the City Lit website.

Tutor Biographies
Vanessa King Tutor Website

Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University. She also teaches at Birbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London. Her expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. At City Lit Vanessa teaches London history and offers day schools on all aspects of medieval and early modern history. She also runs bridge courses at all levels. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine! For further information why not check out her website.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HH019

Fri, day, 24 Jan - 27 Mar '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £88.00

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