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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. The Dreyfus affair and its legacy
    Course 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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  10. The Paris Commune
    Course 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
  11. The French Resistance during the Second World War
    Weekend
    Course 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

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