United Kingdom, Cambridge

History Summer Programme

when 21 July 2019 - 3 August 2019
language English
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: Reputations
• Evening talks
• Contact hours: up to 50.5 hours

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.

"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

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

Week 1 (21 – 27 July)

11.15am – 12.45pm
La1 - The century of revolution: England, 1603-58
La2 - Winston Churchill: the greatest Briton?
La3 - D-Day 1944: the assault on Hitler's Europe
La4 - The Enlightenment and the causes of the French Revolution, 1685-1793
La5 - Stalin's Russia

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Ma1 - Europe: the age of empires, 1848-1914
Ma2 - The supernatural in Tudor and Stuart Britain
Ma3 - The Spanish Civil War, 1936-39
Ma4 - The Ottoman Empire, 1543-1922
Ma5 - Cold War flashpoints

Week 2 (28 July – 3 August)

11.15am – 12.45pm
Lb1 - The century of revolution: England, 1658-1714
Lb2 - The reign of Henry VIII
Lb3 - Metropolis: Moscow, Berlin and Vienna, 1890-1930
Lb4 - ‘Greatness’ and the US Presidency
Lb5 - Out of the ashes: post-war Europe, 1945-65

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Mb1 - Europe: the fall of empires, 1914-97
Mb2 - Elizabeth I: the Age of Gloriana?
Mb3 - Revolutionary Russia
Mb4 - The making of the modern Middle East, 1914-67
Mb5 - Order into chaos: the evolution of Parliamentary discipline in Britain

Plenary lectures
The lecturers will examine a variety of historical reputations, taken from a wide range of periods of history and different parts of the world, and explore how they have developed through time. Particular attention will be paid to how reputations are formed and the influence that they have had. A central theme will be the relationship between reputation and historical reality, insofar as it can be recovered.

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

Course leader

Dr David Smith

Target group

We welcome those coming from any background with a real commitment to the subject. Many courses offer introductions to new subject areas, others are a little more specialised. No prior knowledge of the history of any particular period or reign is expected, but there is usually required and/or supplementary reading which should be undertaken before you arrive in Cambridge.

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