Global history

Global History
Courses Online & in London

Thousands of years ago humanity migrated to almost every part of the world and as a consequence our history has since been global. Evidence from several thousand years show how the regions we now call the Middle East, South Asia and inland China were the first to see the emergence of agriculture and empires, each region defined by its eco-systems. Later, similar developments took place in Western and Central Africa and in Central and South America. Lastly, the region we later called Europe followed.

Since then, the connections between and within the different regions of the world have waxed and waned through the transfer of people, technologies, ideas, belief systems, and wealth. For several centuries this process has been defined by imperial cooperation, competition and conflict on the one hand and human creativity and resilience on the other. 

Today, historians are exploring these connections and their often-violent consequences with greater understanding than previously and, in the process of overcoming the Eurocentric and/or US-centric overall perspective(s), which came to dominate the discipline with the imperial expansion and settler colonial state building of the 19th century. This process is far from easy or simple, however. There is no quick fix. It is a longer conversation.

In recognition of this, we aim to make our courses not only enjoyable but also relevant to further your understanding of the varied links between our global past, present and future. Within our global history category, you will find courses of varying lengths as well as online, delivered either online or face-to-face, exploring different aspects of the journey to our global present.  

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  1. A brief introduction to global history
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    What is global history? How is it different from other ways of understanding history? This introductory course will give you a sense of what it means to study global history.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00
  2. History, memory and mental wealth: why we need to talk about empire
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    Formally, European imperialism ended decades ago. Yet, the different legacies still affect the world and many societies today. Join us for a discussion on why we need to talk about empire and mental wealth. This session is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Rise and fall of the Spanish global empire
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Schraer
    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
  4. Three world cities: Singapore, Mexico City and Delhi
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Appleby
    In this course we will look at three cities and discuss the claims of each to play a dominant part regionally and globally and thus to be a ‘world city’.



    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 £49.00 Concession £25.00
  5. History taster: From one empire to another?
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    Join us for an introduction on to how to make sense of the British and American ways of seeking global dominance and the ways in which people have resisted as we see the (re-)emergence of China, India and Russia in global politics and economics.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. The rise and fall of Empires 1940 - 1991
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Appleby
    Both victorious and defeated powers saw their empires dwindle as a consequences of the Second World War. This course looks at the fall of these empires in the period 1940-1991 and also at how the Cold War led to new spheres of influence and opportunities for domination, and the factors that gave rise to these.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
  7. Imperial history reading group
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Building on the reading group Reading Group: Africa, India and the Caribbean: challenges to Slavery and Colonialism (HWH52), this reading group will also focus on how people challenged slavery and colonialism in their political tracts and autobiographies and the ways have they come to symbolize independence in the post-colonial era.



    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
  8. World War 2: collaboration and resistance across the globe
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Spyridon Tsoutsoumpis
    The courses explores the origins, articulations and legacies of resistance and collaboration during the Second World War in a global perspective.



    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
  9. The history of the French empire: a brief introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pamela Pilbeam
    Know the history of the British empire, but not the French? Join us for a brief tour of the French empire between 1770 and 1945.



    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
  10. Slavery & the Black Atlantic: Resistance, Rebellions & Revolutions
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    On this six-week course we will explore the ways in which Africans fought the system of chattel slavery, from their enslavement in Africa and on slave ships, to every day acts of resistance, large-scale organized rebellions, and guerrilla-style wars in the Caribbean colonies.



    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 £135.00 Concession £85.00
  11. Global history for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    What is global history? How is it different from other ways of understanding history? This introductory course will give you a sense of what it means to study global history.



    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
  12. The Global Cold War
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Spyridon Tsoutsoumpis
    The course studies the East-West struggle in the Third World and explores how the outcome of the Cold War was affected by wars, conflicts, and crises in the Global South.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
  13. The rise and fall of the Mughal Empire
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    On this introductory course we will follow the fortunes of the Mughal Emperors, rulers of Northern India from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. What were their contributions to the religious, political and cultural life of northern India?
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  14. Plants, people, politics and profits: the Brazilian Amazon through the lens of ethnobotany
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 9 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sandra Carvalho, Yasmin Hales, Aleksandra Kaye
    What is ethnobotany and bio-piracy and why are they important? Bringing together horticulture, anthropology, history and political science, this course focuses on human-nature relationships, using Latin America as the prism. Join our four tutors to learn more about how humanity’s complex relationships with nature can be a new way of understanding.



    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 £69.00 Concession £35.00
  15. Histories and memories of empire
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 31 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Martin Jorgensen
    We live in a world that still defined by different forms of imperial subjugation, but the former colonies and metropoles remember the colonial and imperial past very differently. Join us for an introduction to how the different communities and populations around the world remember and live with their imperial pasts.



    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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