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European History

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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Rebels in Arms: Anne Devlin and Mary Dwyer

Two women, related by marriage, one a washerwoman, the other a housewife, played distinct roles in the Irish rebel era, 1796-1803. Consigned by history as Heroes' Handmaidens, they were not mere petticoat patriots! Indeed, Devlin nearly missed being remembered altogether, because the man and the cause she served were such embarrassments to... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Two women, related by marriage, one a washerwoman, the other a housewife, played distinct roles in the Irish rebel era, 1796-1803. Consigned by history as Heroes' Handmaidens, they were not mere

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15 Jul

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Europe, Nazism and War 1939-1946

This is not a military history class. It focuses on European social, economic and political systems, Nazi plans for expansion and extermination, and the effects and outcomes of World War II. This course seeks to examine these and other questions, and the ways historians have studied and explained them. In the course we shall study propaganda... [More]
$250 Limited / $225

<p>This is not a military history class. It focuses on European social, economic and political systems, Nazi plans for expansion and extermination, and the effects and outcomes of World War II. This

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24 Jul

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Home Rule Ireland: From the Famine to the Easter Rising (1850-1916)

Irish politics, culture and ethnicity forged a new and potent sense of Irish nationalism in the late 19th century. Epitomised by Home Rule as a parliamentary reform movement, Gaelic and Anglo-Irish Revivals also appealed to the Irish people. A convergence occurred amounting to a re-definition of what it meant to be Irish and a nation but led to... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Irish politics, culture and ethnicity forged a new and potent sense of Irish nationalism in the late 19th century. Epitomised by Home Rule as a parliamentary reform movement, Gaelic and Anglo-Irish

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29 Jul

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Witchcraft and Sex Work in Renaissance Venice

During the witch trials that swept fifteenth and sixteenth-century Europe, Venice was one of the few cities where there were no executions for witchcraft. There were, however, practising witches. Some worked with the complicity of the Church, while others argued that their work was an extension of Catholic doctrine and therefore nothing wrong. A... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>During the witch trials that swept fifteenth and sixteenth-century Europe, Venice was one of the few cities where there were no executions for witchcraft. There were, however, practising witches.

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31 Jul

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European Mathematics During the Middle Ages: From Boethius to Fibonacci

The fall of the Western Roman Empire in the late 4th century was followed by abandonment of the Greek sciences and overall decline in mathematical knowledge. Revival of mathematics in Europe began with the translation of Arabic mathematical treatises, including those translated from Greek. The decimal positional numerals spread around Europe since... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The fall of the Western Roman Empire in the late 4th century was followed by abandonment of the Greek sciences and overall decline in mathematical knowledge. Revival of mathematics in Europe began

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20 Aug

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Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Superwoman

What can a Benedictine abbess who lived over 900 years ago contribute to our lives today? When that abbess St Hildegard of Bingen, the answer is, “plenty”. Polymath, visionary, leader, traveller, orator, composer, theologian, natural scientist. Be surprised by Hildegard in this talk on the texts and works of this extraordinary woman of the 12th... [More]
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<p>What can a Benedictine abbess who lived over 900 years ago contribute to our lives today? When that abbess St Hildegard of Bingen, the answer is, “plenty”. Polymath, visionary, leader, traveller,

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28 Aug

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European Mathematics During the Renaissance

During the Renaissance, the rediscovery of philosophy, art and culture of the Ancient Greeks, together with introduction of Arabic art and science, and the desire of artists to represent the natural world realistically led them to study mathematics. Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci worked on the theory of perspective, golden ratio and algebra.... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>During the Renaissance, the rediscovery of philosophy, art and culture of the Ancient Greeks, together with introduction of Arabic art and science, and the desire of artists to represent the

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03 Sep

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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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A Tomb with a View: Medieval Anchorites and Anchoresses

In medieval England hundreds of men and women willingly underwent a Mass for the Dead before being locked away for life in either a tiny cell on the side of a church, or in openings in town walls and other cramped spaces. These were the anchorites and anchoresses of long ago. There were hermits and hermitesses, too, who settled on a solitary life... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>In medieval England hundreds of men and women willingly underwent a Mass for the Dead before being locked away for life in either a tiny cell on the side of a church, or in openings in town walls

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03 Jul

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In Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor

For our final session participants are invited to hear from someone who survived the Holocaust. In conversation with Morgan, the survivor will share the story of their family, survival and the impact of the Holocaust on their lives. This session will take place at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Course Update: Due to the current COVID situation we will... [More]
$22 Limited

For our final session participants are invited to hear from someone who survived the Holocaust. In conversation with Morgan, the survivor will share the story of their family, survival and the impact

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02 Jul

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