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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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The Renaissance in Italy: Art and Culture 1325-1550

The Italian Renaissance brought a new way of looking at the world and influenced European art up to the present day. This course explores developments in the visual arts and architecture as well as the new philosophical and literary ideas that underpinned them. SUGGESTED READING J.V. Field and Frank A.J.L. James, eds. Renaissance and Revolution:... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>The Italian Renaissance brought a new way of looking at the world and influenced European art up to the present day. This course explores developments in the visual arts and architecture as well

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21 Oct

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The Catholic Counter-Reformation: Fashioning a New Church

Martin Luther lit the spark that set off the fire of the Protestant Reformation. The Church of Rome, forced to face this challenge, engaged in its own reforms that have come to be known as the Catholic or Counter-Reformation. The Council of Trent set in motion this process of Catholic reform. Long overdue institutional reform of Catholicism in a... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>Martin Luther lit the spark that set off the fire of the Protestant Reformation. The Church of Rome, forced to face this challenge, engaged in its own reforms that have come to be known as the

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21 Oct

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British Fascists in World War II: The Enemy Within

In his 2018 publication, Hitler’s British Fascists, Tim Tate provides an alternative narrative to the spirit of Dunkirk, the Blitz and the stirring patriotism of Churchill’s wartime leadership. Recently declassified files reveal details of plots to overthrow the government, treasonous activities of fascist organisations including the BUF, the... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

<p>In his 2018 publication, Hitler’s British Fascists, Tim Tate provides an alternative narrative to the spirit of Dunkirk, the Blitz and the stirring patriotism of Churchill’s wartime leadership.

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23 Oct

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Shakespeare's London

With its noisy, teeming streets, Shakespeare arrived from Stratford some time before 1590. By 1594 he was established as an actor and playwright and had joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company.We walk the streets and visit Shakespeare’s sites. SUGGESTED READING Shakespeare – Peter Ackroyd 1599 – James Shapiro, Faber and Faber, 2005 1606 – James... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>With its noisy, teeming streets, Shakespeare arrived from Stratford some time before 1590. By 1594 he was established as an actor and playwright and had joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company.We

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25 Oct

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Discover The Battle of Agincourt (1415)

The English victory at Agincourt was a key battle in the Hundred Years' War. We will examine the background to the battle, the arms, armour and tactics used and explain how King Henry V’s small, tired, starving and desperate army was able to smash a numerically superior and better armed French force. Many of the facts and figures associated with... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>The English victory at Agincourt was a key battle in the Hundred Years' War. We will examine the background to the battle, the arms, armour and tactics used and explain how King Henry V’s small,

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09 Nov

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Revisiting Margaret Thatcher's Resignation

In 1990 Margaret Thatcher was rapidly losing the confidence of the Conservative Party after eleven and a half years as PM. She had been elected on 4th May 1979. Several factors contributed to her resignation on the 22 November 1990. The poll tax she introduced resulted in widespread protests which degenerated into riots. By 1990 the PM’s increasing... [More]
$38 Limited

<p>In 1990 Margaret Thatcher was rapidly losing the confidence of the Conservative Party after eleven and a half years as PM. She had been elected on 4th May 1979. Several factors contributed to her

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20 Nov

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Mikhail Gorbachev and the Final Years of the USSR

Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931) served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from March 11, 1985 until August 24, 1991. Famous in the West for his introduction of the domestic policies of ‘glasnost’ (‘openness’) and ‘perestroika’ (‘restructuring’), he also contributed to the eventual collapse and formal dissolution of the... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931) served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from March 11, 1985 until August 24, 1991. Famous in the West for his introduction of the

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20 Nov

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The Irish Rebellion of 1798: Ireland, Empire and Australia

The most significant Irish uprising for 200 years had Imperial implications as well as Australian outcomes. It set patterns of policy, organisation and execution that transcended Irish class, religious and regional differences and forged the brand of nationalism that inspired later rebellions. SUGGESTED READING Thomas Pakenham, The Year of Liberty... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>The most significant Irish uprising for 200 years had Imperial implications as well as Australian outcomes. It set patterns of policy, organisation and execution that transcended Irish class,

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22 Nov

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The Last Imperial Family of Russia: Villains, Victims or Saints

The official view of the Last Imperial Family of Russia has changed dramatically during the last few decades. Previously vilified, they are now viewed as martyrs and ‘Passion-bearers’, as victims of the disastrous circumstances in Russia at the end of World War I. We look at the family within the context of their daily life and physical environment... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>The official view of the Last Imperial Family of Russia has changed dramatically during the last few decades. Previously vilified, they are now viewed as martyrs and ‘Passion-bearers’, as victims

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29 Nov

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In Search of Alfred the Great: The Warrior King 871-899 AD

Alfred the Great has been described as the first king of the English as a result of his significant victory against “The Great Heathen Viking Army” at the Battle of Edington in 878. Wessex was the only Anglo Saxon kingdom to withstand the Viking onslaughts of the 9th century. Alfred is the only king in English history to be called “The Great”. The... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Alfred the Great has been described as the first king of the English as a result of his significant victory against “The Great Heathen Viking Army” at the Battle of Edington in 878. Wessex was the

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13 Dec

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