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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 Incredible Untold Story of Oleg Gordievsky - Russian and British Spy

Over the thirty years from the fifties to the nineteen eighties Gordiesvky worked for the British as a double agent. He was the most senior Russian KGB agent ever to become a spy for the west and a confidant of both Thatcher and Reagan. But eventually he was betrayed by an American working for the CIA and he tried to flee Moscow.... [More]
$22 Limited

Over the thirty years from the fifties to the nineteen eighties Gordiesvky worked for the British as a double agent. He was the most senior Russian KGB agent ever to become a spy for the west and a

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21 Jan

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Queens in their Day: Elizabeth I and Grace O'Malley

Grace, the ‘Pirate Queen’ from Connaught, and Elizabeth, the ‘Virgin Queen’ of England were high-profile leaders, one of resistance to English rule in Ireland, the other of insistence on Tudor domination. They discharged their roles in very different ways. They also met, in London, and apparently liked each other greatly. Neither achieved their... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Grace, the ‘Pirate Queen’ from Connaught, and Elizabeth, the ‘Virgin Queen’ of England were high-profile leaders, one of resistance to English rule in Ireland, the other of insistence on Tudor

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22 Jan

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The Greece & Crete Campaign of 1941

The Greece and Crete campaign was one of the seldom mentioned failures of the Second World War. What part did Australia play in this and what was the cost? This course looks at the strategy behind the campaign, the action that occurred, sometimes desperate and bloody, and the reasons for its failure. Who was to blame and what do the Greeks think of... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The Greece and Crete campaign was one of the seldom mentioned failures of the Second World War. What part did Australia play in this and what was the cost? This course looks at the strategy behind

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23 Jan

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Augustan Ireland: From the Georges to the Union 1700 to 1801

A century of peace and economic development followed two violent centuries. New towns, ports and canals sprang up along with magnificent country houses. However, being ‘Anglo-Irish’ did not preclude promoting Irish interests or opposition to British ones, led by Ascendancy Patriots. American and French Revolutions had their effects in Ireland, too,... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>A century of peace and economic development followed two violent centuries. New towns, ports and canals sprang up along with magnificent country houses. However, being ‘Anglo-Irish’ did not

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29 Jan
This course was originally scheduled to start in October 2019. It has been postponed until Summer 2020.

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Germany in the Jazz Age: 1918-1930

The new, democratic, Weimar Republic of Germany after World War I was the centre of avant culture in the west. The Jazz Age brought new expressionist art, literature and film. Germany also led the way in architecture, interior design, drama and music. It was a world of excitement with provocative art and cabaret that explored new political as well... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>The new, democratic, Weimar Republic of Germany after World War I was the centre of avant culture in the west. The Jazz Age brought new expressionist art, literature and film. Germany also led

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31 Jan

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The British Isles: Invasions that Shaped a Nation

Britain is an immigrant nation. Fear of invasion has dominated British History for over two thousand years. The Roman invasion of 43 AD encountered fierce resistance from the Celts. From the fifth century, successive invasions by Germanic Anglo Saxon tribes, Vikings and the Normans in 1066 changed the political, social and economic fabric of the... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Britain is an immigrant nation. Fear of invasion has dominated British History for over two thousand years. The Roman invasion of 43 AD encountered fierce resistance from the Celts. From the fifth

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03 Feb

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Magnificence of the Romanovs

The Romanov Tsars of Russia were central to a Magnificence in Russian Decorative Arts – from Peter the Great to the House of Fabergé. How was Russian design influenced by the style-makers of Europe, and what was the role of great monarchs such as Catherine the Great & revolutionaries like the Bolsheviks on the arts? We source material from The Met,... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>The Romanov Tsars of Russia were central to a Magnificence in Russian Decorative Arts – from Peter the Great to the House of Fabergé. How was Russian design influenced by the style-makers of

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03 Mar

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St Patrick and the Cult of Saints

Patrick is the great Saint of the Irish, credited with the conversion of the Pagan Irish to Roman Christianity. Consider the man, the life, his reputed writings, and the times for a view into Early Medieval Ireland. SUGGESTED READING Clare Stancliffe, “Patrick [St Patrick, Pádraig] (fl. 5th cent.), patron saint of Ireland”, Oxford Dictionary of... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Patrick is the great Saint of the Irish, credited with the conversion of the Pagan Irish to Roman Christianity. Consider the man, the life, his reputed writings, and the times for a view into Early

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13 Mar

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The Life of Lenin: 150 Years since His Birth

Explore the astonishing life and career of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Born 150 years ago, he founded the Bolshevik tendency which led the October Revolution in 1917. Lenin became the first head of the Soviet State, dying in 1924, and left a legacy that is still much debated. Students will receive a biographical article about Lenin. SUGGESTED READING... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Explore the astonishing life and career of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Born 150 years ago, he founded the Bolshevik tendency which led the October Revolution in 1917. Lenin became the first head of the

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02 Apr

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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]

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