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This course adopts an international history approach to the “devil’s decade” of the 1930s. Part 1 considers the aftermath of war through to depression in the early 1930s. Topics will include a look at the hopes for achieving world peace through the League of Nations, the onset of global economic crisis, the Soviet experiment and its influences, the coming of Fascism...

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In Part 2 for our “global history” we turn to the crises of the mid-to-late 1930s, looking at political, economic, cultural and intellectual developments around the world.  From Fascism and civil war in Europe, to Stalin’s purges, Roosevelt’s New Deal and the strategy of “Appeasement” of dictatorships by democratic powers to the rivalries of imperial powers and the developing conflicts...

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The final part of the course looks the coming of a second global war in the years 1939-41. We consider the various contributing causes of war from the perspectives both of the major powers: Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union, the United States and Japan; and of lesser powers and regions.  We ask not only why war came but...

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A Women’s History Of Wales

This course takes a new look at the lives of
women and girls in Wales. Profiling one woman per class across a broad sweep of
history, we will...

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This course takes a new look at the lives of women and girls in Wales. Profiling one woman per class across a broad sweep of history, we will study the lives of twelve women and use them to highlight specific topics in Welsh women’s history, illustrating the their diversity, vibrancy, ingenuity  and determination, whatever their background or status in...

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Family historians can be so focussed on the ancestor they are researching, that they can forget to take note of the context of the world in which those people lived. This course will  offer family, local and social historians the opportunity to develop the skills needed to research individual buildings, and place them within the context of their street,...

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Egypt And The Bible Literature

What links the material in the Bible and the literary
records from ancient Egypt including narrative, poetry, wisdom teaching and
prophecy? Are there signs of genuine links or...

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What links the material in the Bible and the literary records from ancient Egypt including narrative, poetry, wisdom teaching and prophecy? Are there signs of genuine links or are the similarities merely superficial? The time period covers the second millennium to the Roman period.

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European Painting In The 19 Th Century

This course will look closely at developments in art in Europe, concentrating on painting, beginning in 1800. French art and Paris is particularly dominant, with events during the revolution, and...

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This course will look closely at developments in art in Europe, concentrating on painting, beginning in 1800. French art and Paris is particularly dominant, with events during the revolution, and then the emergence of Realism and Romanticism, leading eventually to the birth of Impressionism in the 1860s. We will also look at British art of the period, with the emergence...

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This 12-week course will look at a period in Modern art which shifted the focus from Paris, which had been at the centre of many of the movements in modern art, to New York, and to America in general from mid to late 20th century. Starting with Abstract Expressionism, followed by the advent of Pop Art, as well as lesser...

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Film History

This course examines the role and impact of film from the silent era to the present. We look at approaches to the historical study of film and make comparisons across...

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This course examines the role and impact of film from the silent era to the present. We look at approaches to the historical study of film and make comparisons across several countries, genres and periods.  We place the films in historical context and assess the production, style, content and reception.Commencing Friday 24 September 2021

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Jerusalem – The Story Of A City

The course examines the role of
Jerusalem as a holy city for the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism,
Christianity and Islam. Covering 4000 years it compares Canaanite, Israelite,...

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The course examines the role of Jerusalem as a holy city for the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Covering 4000 years it compares Canaanite, Israelite, Second Temple, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader, Ottoman and modern Jerusalem and the ways in which the city functions in an emblematic way in the various traditions

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