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. The Great (European) Powers and the Eastern question, 1768-1914
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
  2. 19th Century Europe 1815-1914 Dynasties and Democracies
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    We will examine the relationship between royal and democratic power in the main states in continental Europe from the defeat of Napoleon to 1914. Royal dynasties were invented if needed. Elected assemblies were created. Which held real power?



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
  3. Britain and France in the Hitler years
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course will explore how Britain and France reacted to the rise of Hitler and how the Nazi dictatorship led to strife between former allies, but eventual partnership and triumph. Note : NO CLASS ON FEBRUARY 17th 2022.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £96.00
  4. The Great (European) Powers and the making of the modern Middle East, 1914-1948.
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    How and why did the countries of the Middle East emerge, and what were the consequences of that process? What was the role of Britain and France? What impact did the US and the USSR have on the region?



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
  5. Outposts of Byzantium
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This fascinating course explores both the distinctive and common elements of Byzantine culture at the most evocative of its outposts beyond Constantinople, including Ravenna, Mistra, Monemvasia and others.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00
  6. Seventeenth Century Europe: The Age of Monarchy
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Post-Reformation Europe saw endemic warfare and plague. It was also an age of absolutism where royal courts reached their apogee as centres of patronage and splendour.



    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

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