History, politics & economics

Explore History, Politics & Economics

City Lit offers a wide range of history, politics and economics courses on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Our courses vary from skills-based courses on quantitative analysis to the history of empire, and from the history of London to the study of global powers and international politics. Whether fascinated by the past, wishing to keep up to date with current affairs, or develop a deeper understanding of democracy and capitalism, we have the course for you.

Courses in the Humanities help you understand our world today, and the history that has informed the political, social and economic dynamics of modern times. Our courses, including short day courses, lectures and longer-term study over several weeks or whole terms, aim to inform you of the issues that interest and matter to you. Our courses also encourage the development of wider skills such as critical thinking and analysis, listening and discussion skills, and evidence-based interpretation.

Currently we are running our history, politics and ecomomics courses online to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. Whether online or in person, the classroom is always welcoming and open to everyone.

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields. Our tutors come from a range of backgrounds, and include academic experts, experienced educators, serving politicians, acclaimed authors and renowned guides. Whoever your class is taught by, all our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating.

For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our range of courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome.

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  1. Nazi Germany: politics, society, war and genocide
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course offers a broad survey of Nazi Germany, its leaders and its population, its racial ideology, political ambitions and structures of rule, its opponents and its victims, and its ultimate descent into world war and genocide.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £70.00
  2. World history for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is world history? Will getting to know the history of the world of yesterday help us understand the world of today? This course is for you if these questions seem captivating and important to you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  3. Colonial America: European Settlement 1560 – 1815
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course explores European settlement (British, French, Spanish, Russian, Swedish) of North America. It examines the differences between English colonies; the American Revolution; the formation of the United States; and the War of 1812. Tutor: Gregor Davey.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £70.00
  4. 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
  5. The modern history of the Balkans: Between Europe, Russia and the Ottoman Empire /Turkey
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    To many, the Balkans seems to be either a violent and incomprehensible region or a bunch of cheap holiday destinations. Focusing on the period from the early 19th century until today, this five-session course looks beyond simplifying narratives of deep ethnic hatred and tourist imaginaries, exploring instead the national and regional dynamics in the context of the location at the overlapping European, Russian and Ottoman/Turkish spheres of influence.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  6. History taster: America's wars
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Expore the fascinating history of the French and Indian Wars in this taster to our 'America's Wars' course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £15.00
  7. Political biography reading group
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Through discussion of selected biographies we will explore in depth key individuals in world history , their legacy and the era in which they lived.The first class will discuss TBC.

    NOTE: This course consists of four sessions on the following dates: 5/10/21, 23/11/21, 18/1/22 & 8/3/22.

    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
  8. The City of London: the square mile
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts.

    This course will comprise of 10 walks starting with Roman London.

    First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side. First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
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  9. Spain in the twentieth century
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Civil war, dictatorship and democracy – how Spain’s past, present and future clashed on key issues including

    democracy, fascism, Catalan separatism, conservatism and the Catholic church and the drive for modernisation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  10. England’s Earliest Kings 1 : The Sutton Hoo King and the Bretwaldas
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    After the Romans left in the C5th AD Britain was slowly conquered by Germanic tribes dividing the country up into about a dozen small kingdoms. The strongest king was known as the Bretwalda or Britain Ruler. Was the man buried at Sutton Hoo one of them?

    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 £30.00
  11. Making the American World: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Biden
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Biden administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. Tutor: Jack Gain.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £57.00
  12. Alleys and lanes of Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 17 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Experience the intricate network of alleys and lanes in the heart of old Hampstead and see how Hampstead developed from a fashionable spa in the 18th century to a thriving village with social amenities.

    Meet outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1EN. Meet outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1EN.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
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  13. America’s Wars: from the Revolutionary Wars to the Civil War
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 17 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will cover the history of the United States from the colonial era to the Civil War, specifically focusing on wars and the role those wars played in shaping the new nation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  14. China in the 19th century
    Course Date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the rise of ‘modern’ China during the late Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and explores the internal and external forces within China and how events shaped its international standing, in particular in Britain.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £70.00
  15. History of the Conservative Party
    Course Date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Love it or loathe it, the Conservative Party is the most successful election winning machine

    the country, if not the world, has ever seen. How can we explain these victories… and the

    rejection that inevitably follows? Do the Conservatives seek office for their own sake or can

    we identify consistent strands of policy or ideology? This course offers a history of the Party

    from its very beginning to the present day.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £57.00

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