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Discover great royal dynasties; bloody wars, plague and famine; and the intense periods of political, economic and social upheaval that formed the backdrop to European History from the fall of Rome to the modern day. Our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors and offer the chance to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

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History and the Novel: Sebald’s Austerlitz

How does one write a novel about the Holocaust without mentioning it? Award-winning novelist W.G. Sebald has done so, several times – and Austerlitz is his supreme attempt. For Sebald, descriptions of Jewish persecution and mass murder were of such enormity that one could not grasp them rationally. For him, one could only approach obliquely, with... [More]
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<p>How does one write a novel about the Holocaust without mentioning it? Award-winning novelist W.G. Sebald has done so, several times – and <em>Austerlitz</em> is his supreme attempt. For Sebald,

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02 Oct

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Lady Jane Grey: England’s "Nine Day Queen"

Lady Jane Grey was queen of England for 9 days, making hers the shortest monarchy in Britain’s history. As a granddaughter of Henry VIII, Jane was fifth in line for the English throne. However, her cousin, Edward VI, knowing he was dying, nominated her as his successor because she was Protestant. These were turbulent times in an England rent with... [More]
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Lady Jane Grey was queen of England for 9 days, making hers the shortest monarchy in Britain’s history. As a granddaughter of Henry VIII, Jane was fifth in line for the English throne. However, her

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09 Oct

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Ireland Rising to Republic 1916-1948

The Easter Rising in 1916 sought to separate Ireland from Britain, while the ‘Ulster will be right’ campaign separated North from South. The Anglo-Irish War and the Treaty of 1921 divided Ireland geographically into a Free State and Northern Ireland. Free State protagonists plunged into civil war as the Dail set up the machinery of an Irish Free... [More]
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<p>The Easter Rising in 1916 sought to separate Ireland from Britain, while the ‘Ulster will be right’ campaign separated North from South. The Anglo-Irish War and the Treaty of 1921 divided Ireland

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14 Oct

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They Did Not Rule: Lost Kings and Queens

Succession to the English throne was clearly defined after 1066 but some designated heirs presumptive and heirs apparent did not make it to the throne. Murder, coups, civil war, bitter family rivalry and/or unexpected deaths derailed the succession, sometimes with very dire consequences. Matilda and Edward V are often listed as English monarchs... [More]
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<p>Succession to the English throne was clearly defined after 1066 but some designated heirs presumptive and heirs apparent did not make it to the throne. Murder, coups, civil war, bitter family

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19 Oct

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Culture & Society in Victorian Britain

Explore the social, political and cultural history of Victorian Britain and Ireland through key texts of some of the major literary figures of the period. Discover how writers like Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Carlyle, Charlotte Brontë, Benjamin Disraeli and William Morris used contemporary events as a background for a number of their... [More]
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<p>Explore the social, political and cultural history of Victorian Britain and Ireland through key texts of some of the major literary figures of the period. Discover how writers like Charles Dickens,

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30 Oct

Joan of Arc on the Anniversary of her Canonisation

Joan of Arc, burned at the stake on May 30, 1431, at the age of 18, was one of the Medieval World’s most remarkable characters. A fearless warrior and a committed patriot, she was also deeply religious. On the centenary of her canonisation in 1920, we explore her personality, and the complexities of her brief career, trial, condemnation and... [More]
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<p>Joan of Arc, burned at the stake on May 30, 1431, at the age of 18, was one of the Medieval World’s most remarkable characters. A fearless warrior and a committed patriot, she was also deeply

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06 Nov

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Victory in 1918: Australia's Contribution

From the battle of Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 until weeks before the armistice with Germany was signed and the war ended, Australians were in the forefront of the fighting. They fought in the August Battle of Amiens, Germany’s “blackest day”. They were at Mont St Quentin, Peronne and Le Hamel. They suffered devastating casualties that brought... [More]
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<p>From the battle of Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 until weeks before the armistice with Germany was signed and the war ended, Australians were in the forefront of the fighting. They fought in the

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10 Nov

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The Overthrow and Execution of Mussolini

Mussolini was not in control of Italy from July 1943 when the fascist dictator and his Grand Fascist Council were arrested by order of King Victory Emanuel III. His execution by firing squad on the 28th April 1945 was a humiliating affair. His corpse and that of his young mistress Clara Petacci and other fascist leaders were hung upside down from a... [More]
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<p>Mussolini was not in control of Italy from July 1943 when the fascist dictator and his Grand Fascist Council were arrested by order of King Victory Emanuel III. His execution by firing squad on the

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13 Nov

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The Battle of Prestonpans

The Battle of Prestonpans, fought on 21 September 1745 was a significant tactical victory for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The '45”. The win perhaps gave the rebel forces a sense of over-confidence, as the tactical defeat of the British Government forces led to some significant changes in both training... [More]
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<p>The Battle of Prestonpans, fought on 21 September 1745 was a significant tactical victory for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The '45”. The win perhaps

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04 Dec

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The Fall of Eagles: Collapse of the Old Order 1901-1923

The Russian, German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires represented the last vestiges of feudalism at the beginning of the 20th century. The emperors refused to acknowledge reform movements and repressed demands for political and social rights and freedoms. WWI changed the landscape of Europe and the Middle East and the old empires were swept... [More]

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