History

Courses

British Political Mavericks, 1660-2014From Lord Shaftesbury in the C17 to Nye Bevan and Enoch Powell, we look at famous figures who have challenged the political establishment. Some are Right-wing, some Left-wing, others harder to categorise. All are fascinating.
Early Tudor England 1485 - 1547If you enjoyed reading or watching Wolf Hall or the Shardlake stories, come and learn about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and many others - and find out that fact is every bit as fascinating as fiction.
Europe, America and the World in the Nineteenth CenturyAdopting a world perspective we study among other things the American Civil War, the modernisation of China and Japan and the British and other European Empires. All in all, a tumultuous time.
European Power Struggle 1870-1919Was the First World War inevitable or accidental? We study the national and international tensions that exploded in 1914 and conclude by examining the course and outcome of the conflict that changed the world forever.
Later Tudor England 1547 - 1603We explore 'Good Queen Bess's' reign and see, among much else, the nation challenged by the Spanish on the sea and Catholicism and radical Puritanism at home - the genius of Shakespeare meanwhile reaching its full fruition.
Peace and Conflict in Europe 1815-1870The age of Bismarck and Garibaldi still fascinates. We study how the great political forces - conservatism and liberalism, nationalism and socialism - contended for the hearts and minds, and in times of war or revolution, the lives of Europeans.
Politics in Historical PerspectiveFew of today’s political issues are wholly new. We look at questions like Northern Ireland, devolution, EU membership and many others, adopting a historical perspective going back two or three hundred years, or even longer.
The European Reformation 1500 - 1650What happened when the authority of the Catholic Church broke down in the 1520's and Protestant Churches and rising nations struggled for supremacy with Rome, and with each other. A story whose interest is by no means merely religious.
The Founding Fathers and the birth of the US ConstitutionAn overview of the men who fought for independence, led the new nation and drafted the US constitution—1776 to 1812.
The turbulent 60sAn overview of the turbulent and dynamic decade, from an American perspective (but England will come into it a bit). Culture, war, politics and protest. From the wonders of space exploration to the event of Woodstock. Ten years in ten days.
The Vanishing Frontier - America heads WestAn overview of American history from the spread west of the original eastern colonies, to the final settlement of the continental US. The course will include the interaction of the 'new' Americans with the original inhabitants, the increase of settlement after the Civil War, and the implications of
They Made History: Great Historians and their WorksHistory is not set in stone. Much depends on the men and women who write it, be they Catholics, Protestants or atheists, conservatives, liberals or socialists. Gibbon, Macaulay and AJP Taylor come under scrutiny, with many others less well known.
Working class history from below - the Women who challenged Society in BristolIntroducing a series of lectures that aim to present a different perspective of our collective history, the history of working class people, and in particular working class women. Topics covered amongst others will be Women in Port Cities, Women surviving a Bristol workhouse, and pioneering Bristol