Europe 1900-1914

Course Dates: 14/09/21 - 07/12/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: 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.
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Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00

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Course Code: HEH30

Started Tue, day, 14 Sep - 07 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)

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What is the course about?

In this course, we will analyse the political and socio-economic, as well as territorial and diplomatic transformations that took place across Europe between the late 19th-early 20th century and 1914. We will also study some of the key events that involved directly or indirectly the great powers. All these led to rising tensions. This will allow us to understand why those great powers, who had managed more or less to preserve peace for nearly a century, ended fighting one of the bloodiest conflicts thus far.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Europe in 1900
• German ambitions
• The growing rivalry between Britain and Germany
• The Entente Cordiale between the UK and France
• The rapprochement between Britain and Russia
• The Alliance between Germany and Austria-Hungary
• Tensions in the Balkans (part 1): Austria-Hungary, Russia and the Bosnian question
• Morocco: crisis between France and Germany
• Tensions in the Balkans (part 2): the first and Balkan Wars and their consequences
• The assassination of Archduke Franz-Josef in Sarajevo
• Europe goes to war.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Discuss constructively why the ambitions of Germany in Europe and the world led to tensions with Britain and France
Explain what motivated the rapprochement between Britain, France and Russia
Analyse the role of foreign powers in the Balkan crises
Analyse the Moroccan crisis and assess its impact on the relations between France and Germany
Assess the system of alliances built before the Great War
Discuss constructively why Europe went to war in 1914.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some background knowledge about European history would be useful but is not essential.
A good standard of English is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be a combination of lectures, backed by PowerPoint presentations, and discussions in large and small groups. Handouts will be given in each class. Material to prepare the discussions will be available on the course website.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a pen and paper.
Books will be recommended but students are not required to purchase them if they do not wish.
This is not an exam course.
There are no extra costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HEH43 The Great (European) Powers and the Eastern Question 1768-1914.

Sebastien Ardouin

After under- and post-graduate studies in Politics and History in both France and the UK, Sébastien settled in London. He has been teaching at the City Lit since 2001. Over the years, he has covered many different subjects, including politics, history, economy and culture of Latin America, French modern history, European history, global issues and current affairs. In his classes, Sébastien hopes to give learners the skills, tools and information that can help them not only to make sense of the world we live in but also to understand the origins of the key issues we face.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.