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Modern Revolutions in Latin America

After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-present), Chile (1970-73), Grenada (1979-1983), Nicaragua (1979-1990) and Venezuela (1998-present). In addressing themes like popular culture, women revolutionaries, internationalism, imperialism, neo-colonialism and indigenous societies, the course will integrate poetry, novel, music and... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

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Huge Ambitions, Colossal Failures

Seven charismatic figures in history. From Xerxes to Hitler, they all nurtured dreams of unrestrained grandeur and power. They all failed. But their vast ambition, overvaulting self-regard and sense of mission continue to fascinate us. SUGGESTED READING Herodotus, The Histories Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero Craughwell, How the Barbarian Invasions shaped the Modern World Bryce, The Holy Roman Empire Golo Mann, German History of the 19th and 20th Century COURSE OUTLINE Xerxes –... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Huge Ambitions, Colossal Failures

<p>Seven charismatic figures in history. From Xerxes to Hitler, they all nurtured dreams of unrestrained grandeur and power. They all failed. But their vast ambition, overvaulting self-regard and

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Christian Monasticism: The Transforming of Civilisation

Western and Eastern Byzantine Christian monasticism shaped civilisation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia Minor through its spirituality, art, architecture, music, scholarship, agriculture and social welfare. In this illustrated course you will learn of the history of the monastic movement and how monks have lived. As well, meet some colourful abbots and abbesses along the way and visit some of the more impressive monastic foundations in different parts of the world,... [More]
$162 Limited inc GST / $146
Christian Monasticism: The Transforming of Civilisation

<p>Western and Eastern Byzantine Christian monasticism shaped civilisation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia Minor through its spirituality, art, architecture, music, scholarship,

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Seeing the Best of The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall is more than a great tourist attraction and a masterpiece of hand-crafted engineering – it is a potent symbol of China’s sense of its national identity and its importance to the outside world. Much of the wall has been rebuilt and restored, and is now open to tourists. Tonight we consider the best times to visit, and some alternate ways to reach it, and explore the main features of the four most-visited sections, closest to Beijing. [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Seeing the Best of The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall is more than a great tourist attraction and a masterpiece of hand-crafted engineering – it is a potent symbol of China’s sense of its national identity and its importance to the outside

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Dark Episodes of American History

Throughout the 250 years of the American Republic students of history have encountered some dark and confronting episodes. Most of the dark episodes were justified by powerbrokers in the context of their times but they remain controversial and questions are still asked about how and why these events occurred. The scars of the failure of the American involvement in the Vietnam War are still evident today. Attempts by successive governments to desegregate schools and universities in... [More]
$142 Limited inc GST / $128
Dark Episodes of American History

<p>Throughout the 250 years of the American Republic students of history have encountered some dark and confronting episodes. Most of the dark episodes were justified by powerbrokers in the context of

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The White Man's Burden

Focussing on the Belgian Congo, we examine the European Scramble for Africa and the attitudes that drove it or challenged it. We will compare this to forces at work in the attempted “Reconstruction” in the USA. British Imperial actions, particularly in the late 19th Century, were justified by concepts like “the White Man's Burden”. We will consider Rudyard Kipling’s support of Imperialism and the challenges of writers like Joseph Conrad and Conan Doyle and consider another form of... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
The White Man's Burden

<p>Focussing on the Belgian Congo, we examine the European Scramble for Africa and the attitudes that drove it or challenged it. We will compare this to forces at work in the attempted “Reconstruction

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Exploring Kamakura and Kanazawa

Kamakura and Kanazawa are two beautifully preserved feudal, warrior cities. Kamakura is a coastal town, 50 minutes by train from Tokyo. It became the political centre of Japan in 1192 when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city for his new military government. Kamakura is referred to as the Kyoto of Eastern Japan. Kanazawa is on the Sea of Japan side of Japan but has recently been linked to Tokyo by the bullet train, and is now reachable within a few hours. Kamakura is a centre of Zen... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Exploring Kamakura and Kanazawa

<p>Kamakura and Kanazawa are two beautifully preserved feudal, warrior cities. Kamakura is a coastal town, 50 minutes by train from Tokyo. It became the political centre of Japan in 1192 when

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Across Java by Train

Train travel is the best way to see Java. Imagine sitting in a window seat watching the mountains, lakes and terraced rice fields roll by, while you follow your journey on the map and are served food and drink. There is a network of railway lines that extend all across Java and as far as the ferry crossing to Bali. Travel is inexpensive, your itinerary is flexible as you can usually book a seat the day before travel and there are usually some reasonable hotels close by the railway... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Across Java by Train

Train travel is the best way to see Java. Imagine sitting in a window seat watching the mountains, lakes and terraced rice fields roll by, while you follow your journey on the map and are served food

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