World History Courses in London

Explore the rich and often turbulent history and culture of various regions and specific countries from around the world. Tutors will take students on a journey of discovery to the hidden gems of places familiar, near and far, from modern France (1900 onwards) to Latin America to India (from the 1500s).

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  1. Balance of power: Asia and the West

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 17 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    For centuries, Asia was the ‘powerhouse’ in world history. After a period dominated by European and American imperial powers (which never managed to colonise Asia in its entirety) global politics is once again pivoting towards Asia. Western media, education and politics, however, often overlooks Asia as a global region, explains it through Western optics, or portray it as if the West holds no responsibility for problems in the region. Understanding the interconnected history of Asia and the West is thus vital to understanding the global changes of today and tomorrow.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Is India the next economic powerhouse? Opportunities and challenges ahead

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 19 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Explore and assess India’s potential to be the next global economic powerhouse. This interactive lecture-based course will give you an overview of the current state of India’s economy and its future prospects, critically assessing both opportunities and remaining challenges.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £22.00

  3. The Politics of Archaeology: The Age of Empires (1840 - 1914)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will provide students with an introduction to British archaeology in the Middle East during the long 19th century. Starting with British and French exploration of the Assyrian cities of Nineveh and Nimrud we will study the interconnection between archaeology, exploration, and international politics in the Age of Empire. We will look at the role of museums in fuelling the competitive interest of the British, French, German and Ottoman Empires in acquiring the material remains of the past.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  4. Pre-Colonial India: Trade Networks and Spices

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive introductory course focuses on India’s central place in the pre-colonial trade network. Through the history of the spice trade the course will explore the important position of India in global trade.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Africa: decolonialisation and its legacies

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to colonialism, on this interactive lecture-based course, we will cover: the imposition of colonialism, focusing on the Scramble for Africa and the main legacies of colonialism, a modernizing force or brutal exploitation that had devastating consequences for African development?
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. The politics of archaeology: the golden age (1898 - 1939)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Featuring a trip to the British Museum, this course will provide students with an introduction to British archaeology in the Middle East during the early 20th century. We will explore the role of archaeologists in military conflict, in constructing the Mandates and creation of the modern Middle East. From fashion to film, literature and interior design, students will traverse the lasting influence the distant past has had on modernity.



    Please note: the second session of this course will involve a 1.5 hour trip to the British Museum after lunch. Please arrive at City Lit as normal for the start of the class.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £35.00

  8. The Russian Revolution of 1917

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Just over a 100 years ago two revolutions swept through the Russian Empire. The second, October 1917, 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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the historical roots of this conflict and study the peace process of the 1990s: Madrid talks, Oslo agreement, Camp David talks and the recent Middle Eastern road map, as well as the latest developments on this stimulating interactive lecture course. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Japanese imperialism from 1914 to 1945

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 4 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course provides a short introduction to Japanese imperialism during the period between World War One and World War Two. Starting with Japan’s acquisition of territories under a League of Nation’s mandate, through to its domestic political-military issues of the 1930s leading into World War Two.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. World history: a tour beyond the eurocentric

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Arguably, the media’s relentless blasting of one global crisis after another tell us that we must think globally. Yet, how do we go about that with regards to history? Do we think only about the global past or do we situate our understanding in the global present? And if we can even agree on that, do we give primacy to oceans, empires and imperialism, technology and arms, trade and finances, power and resistance, people or systems, or all of them? Where we grow up, how our societies are organised and relate to the past in different ways also influence how we think about the world and its history. In some communities and societies, the past comes alive through generational family and kinship narratives rather than the nation (as we in most European societies consider the norm). These issues complicate how to do world history. In this course, we take therefore on this challenge.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  12. The Russian Civil War: 1917-1922

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Russian civil war (1917 - 1922) took place in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. While

    many factions vied to determine the course of Russia's future, the two largest groups were the Red Army (led by Lenin) and the White Armies (led by former officers of the Tsarist state). Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. Global political Islam

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics has come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short interactive lecture course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics has been fused and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  15. The Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers: politics, archaeology and the public imagination

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course covers the the Ottoman Empire and the Western Powers from the 18th to the early 20th century. An overview of the political history of the Ottoman Empire will provide the background to exploring the importance of archaeology in the construction of empire and nation in the Ottoman and Western public imagination.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

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