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Asian History Courses

Stretching from what we now call the Middle East over South Asia to Southeast and East Asia, Asia is as vast as its histories are rich. It is also key to understanding not only the global past but also today’s world.

And there is much to explore: from the first agricultures and the inland trade routes over medieval and early modern empires to modern European and Japanese empire-building, and from independence and decolonisation processes to the Cold War conflicts. And that is without highlighting the connected histories of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as several other oceans and waterways!

Central to the numerous histories of Asia are connectivity, trade, exchanges, expansion, conflict, resilience, and variety, aspects still being reinterpreted by historians and archaeologists.

Join us to learn about and engage with the different histories of the part(s) of Asia that interest you. Our Asian history section offers both short and long courses, online and face-to-face designed to build your understanding and interest.

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  1. Chinese history taster: the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) Dynasties
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    To understand China of our present means understanding China of the past. Why not join PhD Fellow Dylan Wang for a taste of the histories of the Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1368 to the new Republican era in 1912?
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £12.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Indian women and the Raj
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Why does gender history matter and what can it tell us about the history of British colonialism and India? Join this six-week course to explore the representations and reality of Indian women’s lives during the British colonial era.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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  3. Japanese imperialism
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    Perhaps you are familiar with the history of the British empire. What about that of Japan? Join us to learn more.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
  4. The search for Modern China: the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) Dynasties
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    To understand China of our present means understanding China of the past. Why not join PhD Fellow Dylan Wang to learn about the histories and legacies of the Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1368 to the new Republican era in 1912?
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. A short history of the Indian subcontinent
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ketan Varia
    The India subcontinent is unique in its heritage and history. It has lasted through invasion, political change and assimilation. It is home to the one of the world’s oldest civilisations, the Indus Valley.







    The subcontinent’s contribution to language (Sanskrit) and great philosophies (Vedic, Buddhism Jainism and Sikhism) is well known. From its land, has been the emergence of Sanskrit, the concept of the soul and liberation and the invention of the number ‘zero’ - a cornerstone in all mathematics.







    Our course will cover the period from Pre-Aryans (c5000BC) to the start of the Mughal empire.







    The course will be interactive with a chance for discussion on Indian history & politics and its impact on Indian culture and tradition.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £45.00
  6. The Silk Roads
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Silk Road was the central nexus of commercial, cultural, and political exchange in Eurasia and China for many centuries, and still has a profound influence on the world today.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
  7. ‘Swaraj is my Birth Right’: India, Britain & Independence
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Join us for a six-week course in which we will explore the fascinating history of the Indian Independence movement, from the foundation of the Indian National Congress and Muslim League to the partition of India in 1947.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  8. Partition in the Middle East: Palestine & Cyprus
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Spyridon Tsoutsoumpis
    This course examines the unmaking and partition of the Near East by focusing on the rise and creation of Israel and Cyprus (1948-1974).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  9. Chinese history taster: the Republican (1912-1949) and Communist (post 1949) Eras
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    To understand China of our present means understanding China of the past. Why not join PhD Fellow Dylan Wang to get a taste of the histories and legacies of the Republican and Communiest eras from 1912 till today?
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £12.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Japan after the Second World war
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    This introductory short course will examine some of the key issues in the building of Japan in the post-World War II period through the turn of the century Examination will be of the political, social and economic spheres of Japan’s post-war reform and reconstruction, recovery and rise, and stagnation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
  11. The search for Modern China: the Republican (1912-1949) and Communist (post 1949) Eras
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    To understand China of our present means understanding China of the past. Why not join PhD Fellow Dylan Wang to learn about the histories and legacies of the Republican and Communiest eras from 1912 till today?
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
  12. Key figures in Indian history
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 9 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ketan Varia
    Want to know more about Indian history but not sure where to start? Join us in this course to learn about key figures in Indian history from different eras and areas of society.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £55.00

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