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A Womens’s Sphere: How 19th Century British Women Created a Social Revolution that Changed the Empire

In 19th century Britain and her colonies, the socio-religious doctrine known as “The Two Spheres” was enshrined in law. This doctrine defined the roles of men and women in society. Two clearly delineated spheres – the masculine sphere was the world of action, politics, economics, education and religion; the feminine sphere was the world of hearth... [More]

Pride, Faith And Blood: The American Civil War And Its Aftermath

Every Federation has struggles between States' rights and national policies. In the United States these led to a civil war which cost more lives than all other wars in which Americans have been involved put together. The war left scars that are still raw, especially in the South, where the Confederate flag flies defiantly over some government... [More]

The Victorian Age And Its Legacy

We’ve all heard the story of Victorian-age prudery which is said to have led to piano legs being covered with frilly lace so that lustful minds could not be excited by bare ankles. Yet, outside the home, in Victorian England, prostitution flourished as never before. This is one of the many paradoxes of the Victorian age, which also saw growing... [More]

Royalty & Riches, Looters & Collectors - The Wonders of the Art Museums of Today

Millions of people each year visit the major Museums of art from London to New York and from Paris to St Petersburg. But who were the individuals or families that amassed these amazing collections? What are the stories behind the masterpieces? How did major art works travel between countries as war booty from the 1500s to looted art in WWII? Some... [More]

Rebellion! Behind The Eureka Stockade

Just before dawn on the morning of December 3 1854, 296 soldiers and police descended on the sleeping inhabitants of the stockade which had been roughly thrown together on the Eureka Lead in Ballarat. Fifteen minutes later twenty-two miners lay dead and the rebellion against the authority of the Crown had been quashed. The issues which had driven... [More]

Portraits of the Netherlands: Holland and Belgium

This course focuses on the outstanding works of art and music that have emerged from the Low Countries: the paintings of the Van Eyck brothers, and the Flemish school in the early 15th century; the music of Clemens non Papa and Jan Sweelinck, Holland’s greatest late Renaissance composers; Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Holland; Mozart in the... [More]

Bismarck And The Second Reich

In the middle of the 19th century, the idea of the unification of Germany became a huge popular movement. The declining nobility opposed it, but it gave Prussia the opportunity to enlarge its power base and for Bismarck to emerge as the architect of the Second Reich. We will trace the remarkable career of this most powerful man of half a century,... [More]

Portraits of Russia: Rublëv, Pushkin, Turgenev, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky

This course, focussed on the life and work of some of Russia’s most outstanding personalities, will begin with the work of Andrey Rublëv, Russia’s most famous icon painter, and his circle, and the Byzantine background to Russian iconography. Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, and his immortal poem ‘Yevgeny Onegin’ will be the subject of the... [More]

How The British Empires Changed The World

At its peak, in the 1930s, the second British Empire included more than a quarter of the world’s population in its dominions, colonies, protectorates and mandates on all six continents. It was the largest empire in the history of the world. It was contiguous, like the great empires before it, but was held together by the Royal Navy, by the English... [More]

British India - Fact and Fiction

From European fascination with the Orient through to the formation of the East India Company, and from the growth of Empire during the nineteenth century and its demise in the twentieth century, the history of British India will be explored. As this topic has attracted some of the best writers the English speaking world has known, the participants... [More]