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: Turning points
• 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

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 (22 – 28 July)

11.15am – 12.45pm
La1 - The English Revolution, 1637-62
La2 - Winston Churchill: the greatest Briton?
La3 - Enlisting hearts and minds: propaganda and the Second World War
La4 - From Shakespeare to Mantel: historical fiction and national identity in English culture
La5 - Cold War flashpoints

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Ma1 - Britain and the Great War: five key controversies
Ma2 - The advent of the Tudors
Ma3 - The Fall of Eagles: the Romanovs, Habsburgs and Hohenzollerns, 1848-1920
Ma4 - The Ottoman Empire, c.1300-1923
Ma5 - The global 1980s: a world in transition

Week 2 (29 July – 4 August)

11.15am – 12.45pm
Lb1 - The reign of Charles II, 1660-85
Lb2 - Salvation at stake: martyrdom in early modern Christianity, c. 1500-1700
Lb3 - Revolutionary Russia
Lb4 - Political change in Europe, 1789 - 1871
Lb5 - The Bandung Moment: revolution and anti-imperialism in the 20th century

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Mb1 - 1776: American Revolution or British Civil War?
Mb2 - Elizabeth I: the age of Gloriana?
Mb3 - Exploring Britain's constitutional conventions
Mb4 - Republicanism and rebellion in modern Ireland, c.1798-1922
Mb5 - Stonehenge: a Mesolithic to Romano-British landscape

Plenary lectures
Lecturers will examine a variety of historical turning-points and the ways in which historians have interpreted them. Lectures will consider what constitutes a turning-point and will explore a series of case-studies, analysing their causes and consequences. A central theme will be the diverse forms that turning-points can take, with examples drawn from a broad range of different historical periods and parts of the world.

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.

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