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. 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

  2. Emmanuel Macron: from his rise to the face-off with the unions

    Course Date: Thu 25 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One year before the 2017 election, few believed Macron could win and become president. What made his victory possible? Since then his many reforms have been both welcome and rejected by French people. At time of growing tensions, where is France heading? Explore these ideas on this one-off interactive lecture course. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  3. From Indochina to Algeria: the fall of the French colonial empire

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the aftermath of the Second World War, France lost in less than two decades most of its colonies. Some, in Africa, gained independence peacefully but others, Indochina and Algeria, only achieved it after prolonged and bloody wars with dramatic consequences. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Votes for Women - the Aftermath: women, politics and 'feminine' issues, 1918-1939

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    But what did happen after enfranchisement? Aspects explored include adjusting to peace, women as voters and parliamentary candidates, policies pursued by those elected and women’s involvement in social/political campaigns, pacifism and response to international developments.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. 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

  6. Origin and evolution: a short history of America's complex federal system

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Federalism in the United States is the dynamic relationship between state governments and the federal government of the United States. Develop an understanding of this complex relationship and explore how shifts of power in America challenge government cooperation.

    NOTE: no class session on Wed, 21 Novembmer 2018. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. Understanding the US mid-term elections: America’s choice (results and review of the 6th November mid-term elections)

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-off talk will be reviewing the American mid-term election results of the 6th November election. Surprises? Expected results? Impact of the mid-term results on Congressional outlook for the remaining two-years of the presidential cycle. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £15.00

  8. 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

  9. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457). Photo: Adam Bishop

    Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457)

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  10. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at City Lit followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  11. Life and times of Anne, Queen of Great Britain

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course will provide an interactive lecture with opportunities for discussion on Queen Anne, who was the last of the Stuarts and who had suffered much personal tragedy but she ruled over an increasingly prosperous nation that had unprecedented military success in Europe under the Duke of Marlborough. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Whores, lepers and heretics: minority groups in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look at the rise of persecution in medieval Europe and how ‘outsiders’ were identified in art and literature before 1500CE.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. A Dickens of a time : the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign.

    We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the traditional Christmas

    season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  14. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 8 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. The course starts with an initial classroom lecture at City Lit followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  15. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

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