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. Renaissance maps
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    By the sixteenth century advances in map-making meant they were not only functional but highly collectable objects in their own right. Maps could be seen as statements of power, evidence of wealth and cultural learning.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  2. Renaissance women
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the world of the so-called Renaissance through the eyes of women who were not only passive subjects of paintings but active patrons, artists and poets.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  3. Art and the nation: the Dutch War of Independence and the French Revolution
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How were the visual arts used to engender nationalism before 1800? How does a nation’s history impact upon the design of national emblems? If a nation has a ‘shameful history’ how does it rebrand itself?

    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 £15.00
  4. East meets West in the Renaissance
    Course Date:  Thu 29 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The fall of Constantinople in 1453 marked a watershed in East/West relations as Mehmet the Conqueror welcomed European artists to his court. We explore cultural exchange between Islam and Europeans in the sixteenth century.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  5. Europe 1900-1914
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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?

    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
  6. Europe between democracy and dictatorship: the 1920s, hope of a better future?
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Throughout the 1920s, Europe struggled with political and economic (re)construction and stabilisation. If some progress was made in part of the continent, wartime promises of a better and democratic Europe were shattered by the Great Depression.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £79.00
  7. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941
    Evening
    Course 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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  8. Revolution
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Revolutions change the world. Yet what makes a revolution? Are things different in the twenty first century? This course explores what it is to experience, fight, and resist a revolution.

    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
  9. From the Holy Roman Empire to the unification of Germany (the Middle Ages to 1871)
    Course 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
  10. Europe and the Age of Discovery 1400-1500
    Course 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
  11. Nazi Germany: politics, society, war and genocide
    Evening
    Course 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
  12. The stereotype of the Jewish money-lender in Medieval Spain and England: Myth or Reality?
    Course 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
  13. The modern history of the Balkans: Between Europe, Russia and the Ottoman Empire /Turkey
    Evening
    Course 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
  14. Spain in the twentieth century
    Evening
    Course 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
  15. The Soviet Union and the Second World War
    Evening
    Course 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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