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. More current affairs

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Gain information and analyse and debate news items on this follow-on course from 'Current affairs'. New students welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. The May 1958 crisis: the war in Algeria, the return of De Gaulle, and the fall of the French Fourth and birth of the Fifth Republic

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the causes and consequences of the putsch of Algiers of the 13th May 1958, in both France and Algeria. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  3. France in May 1968: Egalité! Liberté! Sexualité!

    Course Date: Sun 20 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll explore the events of May 1968 and their consequences on French society and politics. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. Human rights in Britain

    Course Date: Tue 22 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will introduce you to the framework and operation of human rights in contemporary Britain. It will be practical and interactive, aiming to develop critical perspectives on this most dynamic and rapidly evolving area of the constitution. Tutor: Jonathan Thorpe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Russian civil war: 1917-1922

    Course Date: Tue 22 May 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). N.B. no session on Tuesday 26 June. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. London and the Reformation

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Reformation had a profound effect on the landscape of 16th-century London as church buildings were transformed into stables, private houses, a wine tavern and biscuit factory! Nearly 50 martyrs were burnt or died in prison in London. Come along and find out more.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Medieval science and medicine

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the complaints people suffered from late antiquity to the High Middle Ages. We investigate how cures were obtained through diet, bloodletting, purgation, medicine and prayer, often in accordance with the treatments of Galen and other authorities. Tutor: Micahel Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Bacon and Galileo: science as domination?

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    According to 20th century philosophers Husserl, Adorno and Horkheimer, the legacy of Bacon and Galileo is a combination of experiment, mathematics and technology which results in the domination of nature with many untoward consequences. Is this fair? Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from 900-1200 CE

    Course Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Global inequalities and consumer society

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A sociological look at power and divisions. Examine the relationship between institutions and inequalities, focusing on such issues as race, gender, class and disability. Tutor: Christina Julios.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  11. Bach the Baroque master

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    J S Bach's music, with its unity of freedom and fixity, stands at the peak of the baroque period and has been a constant source of inspiration for other composers. Explore Bach's life, works and rich legacy. No previous musical

    knowledge necessary. N.B. no class on 1 June 2018. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Village London

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping, in one initial lecture at City Lit and eight walks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. Music in Emperor Joseph II's Vienna

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The peculiar mix of nationalities in 18th century Vienna, resulting from the Habsburg Empire, were necessary soil for the outstanding musical fruits of Joseph II's reign. Come and explore some of the most important works written in Vienna by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven during the final decades of the 18th century. No previous musical knowledge necessary. N.B.no session on 1 June 2018. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. The Habsburgs - the public and private images of the imperial line: 1493-1780

    Course Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Habsburgs ruled most of central Europe, Spain, Belgium and parts of Italy for nearly 600 years, until 1918. We focus on the imagery surrounding the main imperial line which began with Emperor Maximilian I (r.1493-1519) and ended with Empress Maria Theresa (r.1740-1780).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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