United Kingdom, Cambridge

History Summer Programme

when 22 July 2018 - 4 August 2018
duration 2 weeks

The History Programme gives you the chance to study in detail specific historical figures, periods and events. Eminent historians offer courses covering a wide range of themes in British, European and global history.

The academic programme
• Four courses (two per week)
• Series of plenary lectures: States and Nations
• Evening talks

Programme description
Courses are led by members of the University's Faculty of History and visiting academics. You may wish to attend courses which most obviously complement one another or you may make a selection which covers the broadest historical period possible. The programme attracts current undergraduates and graduate students, and teachers of history, or those who have been engaged in historical study at some stage. We welcome those coming from any background with a real commitment to the subject. No prior knowledge of the history of any particular period or reign is expected.

"The History Summer Programme provides an excellent way to explore the human past in depth with a range of leading historians." Dr David Smith, Programme Director, History Summer Programme

Details of our 2017 courses can be found below and are for information only. Our 2018 course list will be available in December.

You choose one morning and one afternoon course per week, each has five sessions. The maximum class size is 25 participants.

Week 1 (23 – 29 July)

11.15am – 12.45pm
La1 - King James VI and I
La2 - Treason in early modern England, 1500-1700
La3 - The Fall of Eagles: the Romanovs, Habsburgs and Hohenzollerns, 1848-1920
La4 - History, historical fiction and national identity in British culture
La5 - Revolutionary Russia

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Ma1 - 1776: American Revolution or British Civil War?
Ma2 - The history of martyrdom in early modern Christianity, c.1500-1700
Ma3 - Fascism: history and interpretation, 1919-45
Ma4 - British America, from the Tudors to Independence
Ma5 - Cold War flashpoints
Week 2 (30 July – 5 August)

11.15am – 12.45pm
Lb1 - The reign of Charles I, 1625-49
Lb2 - The advent of the Tudors
Lb3 - Out of the ashes: post-war Europe, 1945-65
Lb4 - Winston Churchill: the greatest Briton?
Lb5 - Protest in Colonial India, 1770-1947

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Mb1 - France under the Occupation
Mb2 - The reign of Henry VIII
Mb3 - Britain and the path to democracy, 1785-1928
Mb4 - Irish rebellions, c.1594-c.1916
Mb5 - Castles: technology and warfare

Plenary lectures
Our lecturers will examine the ways in which scholars have tried to make sense of the themes of states and nations in history. They will consider what makes a state, and a nation, and how those two categories interact and overlap. The ways in which states and nations have changed over time will be illustrated through a wide variety of examples drawn from different parts of the world and various historical periods.

Evening talks
Eminent speakers will present a variety of general interest talks.

Course leader

Dr David Smith

Target group

We welcome applications from all adult learners including university students, professionals and those with other experience who have an interest in the subject, regardless of educational background.

Course aim


Credits info

The University of Cambridge does not use a credit system for the awarding of its internal degrees, and cannot award credit directly for its International Summer Programmes. Students wishing to obtain credit as a result of our evaluation should consult their own institution in advance about the acceptability of the Summer Programmes evaluation for credit purposes.

Fee info

GBP 0: See official website