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World History

Can we understand our present if we do not understand our past? From Europe to Asia, and the medieval period to the modern day, explore the events and characters that have shaped our world. WEA Sydney offers the chance to study in a relaxed environment and our central CBD location is easily accessible by public transport.

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The Lives and Legacies of John F and Robert F Kennedy

Explore John F. Kennedy's life and political career as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 to his assassination in November 1963. Due to the Cold War, Kennedy’s time in office was marked by high tensions with Communists' states. Acting as JFK's Attorney General and as his adviser during his administration, was his brother... [More]
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<p>Explore John F. Kennedy's life and political career as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 to his assassination in November 1963. Due to the Cold War, Kennedy’s time in office

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28 Jul

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The Wreck of the Batavia: A Gory Story

The Titanic of its day, the Batavia was the pride of the Dutch East India Company. It was on its maiden voyage to Java in 1628 when it met its doom off the coast of Western Australia in a mutiny, massacre, battle, and execution that established the first European settlers in Australia. The search and discovery of the wreck was crucial to the birth... [More]
$67 Limited

<p>The Titanic of its day, the Batavia was the pride of the Dutch East India Company. It was on its maiden voyage to Java in 1628 when it met its doom off the coast of Western Australia in a mutiny,

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20 Aug

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Battlefields Under Threat - Encroachment on Significant Sites

This lecture will address a number of significant overseas battlefield sites recently threatened by modern urban, industrial or technological development. A recurring theme is the argument between the need for urban spread and the desire to preserve the ground considered to be of national importance. We will discuss various community reactions to... [More]
$24 Limited

<p>This lecture will address a number of significant overseas battlefield sites recently threatened by modern urban, industrial or technological development. A recurring theme is the argument between

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05 Sep

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Four Great Speeches in History and Why They Worked

Unpack four famous speeches in history to see why they were so successful and have become an enduring part of culture. These are the great speeches of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Kennedy’s Inaugural address, Mandela’s Cape Town rally and King’s “I have a dream”. Each of the four speeches will be unpacked for content, context, style and rhetoric.... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Unpack four famous speeches in history to see why they were so successful and have become an enduring part of culture. These are the great speeches of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Kennedy’s

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08 Sep

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The Many Misadventures of Collectors of the Past

The theme of this year’s History Week is ‘Hands On History’ and this workshop explores people who used their hands to build our knowledge of history, by picking up artefacts, fossils, living specimens, and random treasures for the glory of the empire. By going back to the 18th and 19th centuries when the sciences were finding their feet we can have... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>The theme of this year’s History Week is ‘Hands On History’ and this workshop explores people who used their hands to build our knowledge of history, by picking up artefacts, fossils, living

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09 Sep

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The Columbian Exchange between the Old and the New World

The discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492 began what became known as the Columbian Exchange. As Europeans traversed the Atlantic they brought with them plants, animals and diseases that changed lives and the environment on both sides of the planet. Horses, sugar plants, diseases were introduced to the New World, while elements... [More]
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<p>The discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492 began what became known as the Columbian Exchange. As Europeans traversed the Atlantic they brought with them plants, animals and

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10 Sep

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The 13th Century: A Global Perspective

In the 13th century the monarchs of western Europe were dominated by the papacy and identified as rulers of western Christendom. The 4th-12th Crusades which ended in 1298 failed to control the Holy City of Jerusalem. The vast Mongol empire of Genghis Khan and his descendants expanded into eastern Europe and throughout China. Marco Polo’s travels in... [More]

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Revlon, Arden & Rubinstein: The Amazing Inventors of Make-Up

Revlon, Arden, Rubinstein: Their names inspire images of beauty and sophistication. Yet behind the glamour they fought an astonishing war that involved the Mafia, Nazis and even the Vatican. They inspired women to enter the work force and changed advertising forever with slogans like "There are no ugly women, only lazy ones". They lived in an era... [More]

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The Buddhist Kingdoms of Myanmar

Examine two thousand years of Myanmar archaeology, history, art and religion. Look at the development of huge walled city-states that traded as far as Rome in the early First Millennium; at the kingdom of Bagan which united all of what is now Myanmar; at Mrauk-U, “the Venice of the East”, and at the later Buddhist kingdoms and dynasties of the... [More]

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Russia and Ukraine: Origins of the Conflict

Vladimir Putin believes that "Russians and Ukrainians (are) one people - a single whole". Ukrainians disagree. This course looks at a conflict that has its origins stretching back a millenium in history. From the Kievan Rus federation in the 9th century which unified the two countries, through the Mongol invasions and then the evolution of the... [More]

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