European history

European History
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. Feminine Power: Infamous Empresses
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Goddess, Whore or Murderess: will the real Empress please stand up? In this session we examine the literary treatment of imperial consorts including Livia, Messalina and Theodora. All were vilified by their contemporaries. What is it about powerful women that invites condemnation?
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. European history taster: The Eastern Question: the Great (European) Powers and the Ottoman Empire, 1768-1914
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    For a century and a half, the relations between the Great Powers (Britain, Russia, Austria, France, Prussia - later Germany) were largely shaped by the Eastern Question, that is to say the question of the future of the Ottoman Empire as it faced increasing threats to its integrity. In this class, after a rapid survey of the interests of the Great Powers in Ottoman lands, we will focus on the moment when the Eastern Question erupted on the international stage, the 1768-74 Russo-Ottoman War, and its consequences.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  3. Whores, heretics and lepers 
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    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
  4. European history taster: Plague in Art
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    In the fourteenth century the Black Death is estimated to have killed approximately 50% of the world's population. We will look at how this impacted on the visual arts.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  5. European history taster: Europe, 1900-1914: from peace to war
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    Why did Europe, after a prolonged period of relative peace, went to war? To answer this question, one needs to look at various elements, including the strategies adopted by great and lesser powers to achieve their competing goals. One such strategy was the construction of a system of alliances. During this class, we will study the reasons for and the consequences of the progressive rapprochement between two erstwhile rivals, France and Britain.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. Europe 1900-1914, from peace to war
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    In 1900, Europe looked with confidence to the future. Within fourteen years though, tensions between competing powers increased to the point that peace could no longer be preserved. What explains this descent into hell?
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00
  7. The Great (European) Powers and the Ottoman Empire: the Eastern Question, 1768-1914
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    The decline of the Ottoman Empire shaped the relations with and between the Great Powers, giving birth to new countries and spheres of influence, the legacy of which is still felt to this day.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £130.00
  8. The Black Death
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    The study of the social and economic impact of the disease known as the Black Death that spread throughout the world in the 1340s and continued to flare up intermittently thereafter throughout Europe and beyond.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
  9. The Russian Empire 1700-1917
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This module examines the history of the Russian Empire from the reign of Peter the Great to the Revolution of 1917 and the rise of Lenin to power.



    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
  10. The Spanish Civil War
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Schraer
    This short course explores the causes, course and legacy of the Spanish Civil War, one of the defining events of twentieth-century European history.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00
  11. The medieval history of Sicily
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    This course explores the extraordinary medieval history of Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, a bridge between Italy and Africa. We meet Greeks, Byzantines, Arabs, all-conquering sophisticated Normans, and the brutal, Empire-hungry Henry VI whose son Frederick promoted himself as the ideal king of an ideal kingdom….



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £95.00
  12. Nazi Germany: politics, society, war and genocide
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rudolf Muhs
    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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
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  13. The emergence of Europe 300-1000
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Explore reasons for the fall of Rome and the emergence of the ‘barbarian’ kingdoms of western Europe. Was it really ‘the Dark Ages’? Were the Vikings simply long-haired tourists who occasionally beat up the natives?
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00
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  14. From the Holy Roman Empire to the unification of Germany (the Middle Ages to 1871)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rudolf Muhs
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
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  15. The modern history of the Balkans: Between Europe, Russia and the Ottoman Empire /Turkey
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £45.00
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