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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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Rebuilding Two Europes: 1944-1956

In 1944, the Allies, with their military successes, began to plan for a post-war Europe. It was a momentous task and fraught with difficulty. There were both East/ West disagreements but also tensions between western states. This course examines the divided Europe that emerged from the ashes of a conflagration that killed 50 million civilians –... [More]

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The Eton Tie: One School, 20 Prime Ministers

Sir Robert Walpole (1721-1742 )was the first of the Eton graduates to serve as Prime Minister, while Boris Johnson elected in 2019 is the 20th Eton graduate to become PM. Others have included the Duke of Wellington (1828-1830, 1834), William Gladstone (1868-74, 1880-1886) and Antony Eden (1955-1957). It is an extraordinary record for any school... [More]

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Celebrating 200 Years - Modern Greek History

It is 2021, and Greece celebrates 200 years since the struggle for independence to free her from Ottoman rule, began. The struggle for independence and democracy has been tumultuous and bloodied, and arguably at times she has enjoyed surprisingly little of either. Coups, territorial expansion, refugees, plots and counter plots, fascism, foreign... [More]

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The Dark Side of the Renaissance: Beauty and Terror

The Renaissance was a dangerous time to challenge long standing orthodox beliefs and practices in western Christendom. Lutherans and Huguenots were persecuted, Galileo was subjected the Inquisition and house arrest for years. Leonardo da Vinci feared arrest by the thought police of a corrupt papacy in the 15th and 16th C. Slavery and the slave... [More]

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Bismarck - The Iron Chancellor

An insight into the life and political career of Prussian statesman and Germany's first Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who dominated German and European politics for almost four decades between the 1860s and 1890s. Labelled "world champion at the game of multilateral diplomatic chess" he was domestically known for his 'Kulturkampf' against the... [More]
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<p>An insight into the life and political career of Prussian statesman and Germany's first Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who dominated German and European politics for almost four decades between the

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15 Apr
$39 Limited

<p>An insight into the life and political career of Prussian statesman and Germany's first Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who dominated German and European politics for almost four decades between the

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15 Apr

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Understanding Botticelli to Van Gogh

Organised by the National Gallery, London, Art Exhibitions Australia and the National Gallery of Australia this exhibition provides an overview of 450 years of western European art through 7 defining periods, 61 art works painted by 56 artists: From Italian Renaissance painting; Dutch painting of the Golden Age; Van Dyck and British portraiture;... [More]
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<p>Organised by the National Gallery, London, Art Exhibitions Australia and the National Gallery of Australia this exhibition provides an overview of 450 years of western European art through 7

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09 Apr

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Charlemagne and The Frankish Empire

Meet Charlemagne, aka Charles the Great, the first European emperor since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, who was intent on uniting and Christianising all Germanic tribes and beyond. The most famous of the Frankish rulers spent his life fighting – and winning – wars. He expanded his inherited realms to build an empire stretching from the... [More]

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Culture and Society in Ireland: From Swift to Joyce

This course will explore the social, political and cultural history of Ireland through examining a number of the key texts produced by some of the major figures in Irish literary history. We will examine how Irish writers like Jonathan Swift, Maria Edgeworth, Charles Lever, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce used... [More]

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History of The English Language

The history of the English language is a long and tortured tale. From its beginnings as a transported mongrel Germanic potpourri of dialects, through to its domination of the world as the predominant language of the 21st century, it has survived against all odds and flourished beyond all expectations. In this course we will track these up and downs... [More]

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The Mysterious Life of Rudolf Hess

Hess became Hitler’s friend and confidant after the 1923 Munich Putsch attempt; scribing Mein Kampf in the Landsberg prison and becoming Deputy Nazi Party Leader in 1933. In May 1941 he embarked on a secret ‘peace’ mission which shocked the world, when he flew at night to Scotland, and parachuted into a field. Staying in British custody until the... [More]

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