History

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires. 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. A history of Native American slavery

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 7 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. The Trump Presidency - one year on

    The Trump Presidency - one year on

    Course Date: Thu 15 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-off talk will be reviewing the Trump Presidency to-date, one year on from his inauguration as the US President. It will examine major issues and policies that have arisen during the first year and what to expect from Trump and his cabinet in its second year.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. Fact and fiction: the history behind Wolf Hall

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More. Explore the personal and political lives of the real historical figures brought vividly to life in Hilary Mantel’s fiction. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  6. Native American culture and women

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The role of Native North American women in history and culture. Largely dismissed as secondary figures in North

    American history, the course will reveal the significant place that women had in historical and political affairs both

    internally and in diplomacy. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Life and times of James II / VII

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an intriguing one in exile. A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. 1956: Suez and the Hungarian uprising through the eyes of the cartoonists

    Course Date: Sun 11 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the events of 1956 and the changing fortunes of the Soviet, British, French and American `empires`. An exploration of these events through contemporary political cartoons will throw light on the conflicting attitudes of the period.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. First wave feminists and the First World War

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For four years British women were mobilised in unprecedented numbers to support the war effort, joining the civilian workforce, aiding recruitment and nursing the wounded. This course presents less familiar narratives of women who resisted the war, schisms within the suffrage movement, an international peace conference and concepts of equality that went beyond the vote. Tutor: Simon Colbeck.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Global issues of the 21st century

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores some of the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: transnational terrorism, the environment, human and energy security issues, technology in the changing world, inequality & underdevelopment, and the state's role in a 'globalising' world. [NOTE: no class on 7 May - Bank Hol]. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Victorians abroad

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorians were to be found worldwide, not just in the UK. Among those which the course considers, together with travelling conditions, are tourists, explorers, missionaries, imperial administrators, exiles and those who sought a better life.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  13. The Russian Revolution of 1917

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    100 years ago two revolutions swept through the Russian Empire. The second, October 1917, is a pivotal moment in modern world history, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. This introductory course explores how and why these two revolutions occurred. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at City Lit followed by six walks.

    The last session held at City Lit.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  15. British political institutions

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a team-taught introduction to British government and an exploration of the changes and challenges amongst the major political institutions: the executive, the legislature and the supreme court. It will also examine the role of the civil service and the issue of devolution and multi-level goverance. Tutors: Mark Malcomson, Dale Mineshima-Lowe, Philip Geering.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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