European history

European Studies Courses Online & in London

From emperors to émigrés, revolutions to superpowers, look at the events that shaped and are shaping modern Europe. With the continent’s rich history of conflicts, cultures and coalitions – courses offer detail into the most significant events and periods in European history.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
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  2. History of Scandinavia: ancient and medieval
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is the first in a two-part programme on the history and culture of Scandinavia and its diaspora from time immemorial to the present. This first course will cover the ancient and medieval periods.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
  3. From the Holy Roman Empire to the unification of Germany (the Middle Ages to 1871)
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course offers a broad survey of the German lands over the centuries from the Middle Ages to the Unification of Germany in 1871.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  4. Europe and the Age of Discovery 1400-1500
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the growth and expansion of post-plague Europe that witnessed not only the splendour of Burgundy, the rise of printing, unification of Spain and the Renaissance, but also the Age of Exploration that led to colonialism and slavery.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
  5. The stereotype of the Jewish money-lender in Medieval Spain and England: Myth or Reality?
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The classical narrative has medieval European Jews as almost universally engaged in money lending and, through their key role in the royal economy, as the dominant bankers of the age. This session will question this narrative, using evidence from England and Spain. How did Jews earn their living and invest their money and how important were they in the early development of credit and banking?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £8.00
  6. The modern history of the Balkans: Between Europe, Russia and the Ottoman Empire /Turkey
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    To many, the Balkans seems to be either a violent and incomprehensible region or a bunch of cheap holiday destinations. Focusing on the period from the early 19th century until today, this five-session course looks beyond simplifying narratives of deep ethnic hatred and tourist imaginaries, exploring instead the national and regional dynamics in the context of the location at the overlapping European, Russian and Ottoman/Turkish spheres of influence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  7. Spain in the twentieth century
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Civil war, dictatorship and democracy – how Spain’s past, present and future clashed on key issues including



    democracy, fascism, Catalan separatism, conservatism and the Catholic church and the drive for modernisation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  8. The Soviet Union and the Second World War
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course focuses on the Soviet experience of the Second World War, dating from the diplomacy of the late 1930s to the defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
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  9. History of Scandinavia: modern and contemporary
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is the second in a two-part programme on the history and culture of Scandinavia and its diaspora from time immemorial to the present. This second course builds on the foundations laid in the first course to show how deep foundations laid before (and unexpected events during) modernity led to the Scandinavia we know today.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
  10. The Dreyfus affair and its legacy
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Miscarriage of justice, anti-Semitism, reason of state and ultimately triumph of justice. There is more to the Dreyfus Affair though, an event that polarised French society like few before and is at the heart of modern France.



    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 £55.00 Concession £30.00
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  11. The Paris Commune
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course will investigate what revolutionary communes in Paris and other towns in 1871 signified for France and the world. Were they rebellions against legitimate government or patriotic attempts to rebuild after disastrous defeat by Prussia?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £13.00
  12. The French Resistance during the Second World War
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Behind the post-war myth, what was the French Resistance? Who resisted against Nazi occupation and the collaborationist Vichy regime, and why? How did de Gaulle emerge as its leader and used it to strengthen his power?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  13. Nazi Germany: politics, society, war and genocide
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course offers a broad survey of Nazi Germany, its leaders and its population, its racial ideology, political ambitions and structures of rule, its opponents and its victims, and its ultimate descent into world war and genocide.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £70.00

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