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Stasiland: Germany behind the Iron Curtain (1949 – 1991)

The former German Democratic Republic (GDR), was founded 1949 on the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich. The Communist GDR was for 40 years a western outpost of the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War. Explore the history, politics, culture and social life of the ‘other’ German state. SUGGESTED READING Fulbrook, Mary, The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker, New Haven / London: Yale University Press, 2008 Funder, Anna, Stasiland, Melbourne: Text... [More]
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Stasiland: Germany behind the Iron Curtain (1949 – 1991)

<p>The former German Democratic Republic (GDR), was founded 1949 on the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich. The Communist GDR was for 40 years a western outpost of the Soviet sphere of influence during the

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Thatcher's Election: 40 Years On

On May 3rd 1979, Margaret Thatcher became the UK’s first female Prime Minister. Infamous for declaring “There is no such thing as society” and for her defeat of the 1985/6 Miners strike, Thatcher and her election marked a turning point in post-war British politics, the impact of which is still being felt today. [More]
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Thatcher's Election: 40 Years On

On May 3rd 1979, Margaret Thatcher became the UK’s first female Prime Minister. Infamous for declaring “There is no such thing as society” and for her defeat of the 1985/6 Miners strike, Thatcher and

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Discover Medieval Sicily

The lesser known medieval period of Sicilian history: an era of great economic and artistic achievement where disparate groups, Muslim, Greek, Latin and Jewish, lived in relative harmony. [More]
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Discover Medieval Sicily

The lesser known medieval period of Sicilian history: an era of great economic and artistic achievement where disparate groups, Muslim, Greek, Latin and Jewish, lived in relative harmony.

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Queens of France: the Valois

The Valois ruled France from 1328 – 1589 when the last of Philippe IV’s sons died without a male heir. Their queens were chosen for their religious or political advantages and of course, for their ability to produce a male heir and some spares! Many Valois Queens proved to be capable regents when their husbands were away fighting, such as Joan of Burgundy. Others were called upon to suffer the indignity of the King’s mistress, such as Marie of Anjou. Others were proficient in... [More]
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Queens of France: the Valois

<p>The Valois ruled France from 1328 – 1589 when the last of Philippe IV’s sons died without a male heir. Their queens were chosen for their religious or political advantages and of course, for their

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Wicked Kings and Queens of Medieval England Reconsidered

This course takes another look at the reigns of the so-called wicked medieval and early-modern monarchs of England to consider the extent to which they deserve these labels. Four ‘wicked’ monarchs shall be discussed: Bad King John, Richard III, Henry VIII, and Bloody Mary. The policies, politics, and personalities of these notorious monarchs shall be examined, in order to reconsider whether they deserve their reputations. SUGGESTED READING 1215: The Year of the Magna Carta, Danny... [More]
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Wicked Kings and Queens of Medieval England Reconsidered

<p>This course takes another look at the reigns of the so-called wicked medieval and early-modern monarchs of England to consider the extent to which they deserve these labels. Four ‘wicked’ monarchs

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The Versailles Peace Treaty 1919

With the signing of the Treaty of Versailles 100 years ago, World War I officially ended. Negotiated with no participation by Germany, who signed the treaty under protest, it shaped the 20th Century. SUGGESTED READING Andelman, David A., Sir Harold Evans, A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today, 2nd ed., Wiley, 2014 Sharp, Alan, The Consequences of the Peace: The Versailles Settlement: Its Aftermath and Legacy 1919-2015, 2nd, revises ed. Haus Publishing, 2015... [More]
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The Versailles Peace Treaty 1919

<p>With the signing of the Treaty of Versailles 100 years ago, World War I officially ended. Negotiated with no participation by Germany, who signed the treaty under protest, it shaped the 20th

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Two USSR Invasions: 1956 Hungary and 1968 Czechoslovakia

Khrushchev formed the Warsaw Pact in 1955 to counter NATO. Eastern European members of the Communist bloc were tightly controlled by Moscow. The invasions of Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 created further international tensions during the Cold War. Attempts to liberalise the Communist regimes in both countries were ruthlessly suppressed by USSR tanks and invasion forces. Imre Nagy, the Hungarian leader who tried to abolish one party dictatorship was executed in 1958.... [More]
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Two USSR Invasions: 1956 Hungary and 1968 Czechoslovakia

<p>Khrushchev formed the Warsaw Pact in 1955 to counter NATO. Eastern European members of the Communist bloc were tightly controlled by Moscow. The invasions of Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in

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Women Saints: Celts, Christians and Cults 500-800AD

Four fifth and sixth century Irish women, Brigid, Attracta, Ita and Dymphna were each powerful missionary forces at a time of transition from pagan to Christian. Tease out the meanings behind the myths, miracles and manuscripts, to tell fact from fable. Investigate the roles women played in religion and in wider society. Trace the origins of their cults for insights into saint-making and the processes by which Christianity in general took on its uniquely Irish style. SUGESTED... [More]
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Women Saints: Celts, Christians and Cults 500-800AD

<p>Four fifth and sixth century Irish women, Brigid, Attracta, Ita and Dymphna were each powerful missionary forces at a time of transition from pagan to Christian. Tease out the meanings behind the

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Forgotten Female Artists of the Weimar Republic

Discover the art and lives of two distinct female artists, Hanna Höch and Jeanne Mammen, who emerged in Berlin during the tumultuous years of the Weimar Republic. Explore the art movements these artists were engaged with and their critic of the social and political extremes of that time. This session will look at the distinct works of these two artists: Hanna Höch was a trailblazer in the art of photomontage within the Dada circle while Jeanne Mammen was part of the “New... [More]
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Forgotten Female Artists of the Weimar Republic

<p>Discover the art and lives of two distinct female artists, Hanna Höch and Jeanne Mammen, who emerged in Berlin during the tumultuous years of the Weimar Republic. Explore the art movements these

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Unravel the Murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

The 15th January 2019 marks the centenary of the failed socialist uprising in post-WWI Germany, which culminated in the murder of the two most prominent German Socialist Leaders, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, by proto-Nazi Freikorps on order of a Social Democratic Government in Berlin. Listen to Jo Gerk unravelling the story of the darkest hour in the German Social Democrats' history. [More]
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Unravel the Murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

The 15th January 2019 marks the centenary of the failed socialist uprising in post-WWI Germany, which culminated in the murder of the two most prominent German Socialist Leaders, Rosa Luxemburg and

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