European history

Online European Studies Courses

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.

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  1. Rise and fall of the Spanish global empire
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    How and why Spain won – and lost - the world’s first truly global empire; its impact on the Spanish colonies and on Spain itself; how far it acted as a model for the empires that followed.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £44.00
  2. Imperial Germany between tradition and modernity (1871-1919)
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The course offers a broad survey of the political, social and economic history of Imperial Germany from Unification in 1871 to the Revolution at the end of the First World War in 1918.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
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  3. Reformation Europe
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    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The rise of Protestantism in sixteenth century Europe led to fundamental changes in world history which continue to reverberate today. How did Martin Luther, a monk of Wittenberg, ignite what we now call the Reformation?



    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. Politics, society and culture in Weimar Germany (1918-1933)
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course looks at the Weimar republic established in Germany in 1918, its achievements, the problems it faced and why these led to the rise of the Nazis and end of democracy in inter-war Germany.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  5. The Russian Revolution
    Course start date:  Thu 12 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In 1917 two revolutions swept through the Russian Empire. The second, in October, is a pivotal moment in modern world history, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. This introductory interactive lecture course explores how and why these two revolutions occurred. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £39.00

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