11 courses
History & Mythology

Civil Rights America

The eruption of Black Lives Matter protests across America in 2020 once more showed the inequalities in America society and its racial divisions. The return of the KKK in society, Charlottesville and the reactions to policing of the 2021 storming of the Capitol have continued the focus. For some in the country these divisions were supposed to have been addressed during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s but racial equality in America has always come in fits and starts. This course aims to look at the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the figures who helped shape it (such as Martin...

19/04/2022 - Tue (19:00-21:00) - Parkshot Campus - 6 weeks - £92.00 - C02482-212201

Constructing the 'United Kingdom': Acts of Union (1535-1801)

At a time when the integrity of the United Kingdom is being questioned for the first time in generations, it is surely timely to examine the process whereby the four nations of these islands were brought under one flag: the Union Flag. It will go far beyond the parliamentary legislation itself, to explore the wider historical contexts in which England achieved union with Wales (1535,1542), Scotland (1706-07), and Ireland (1800-01), and with what longer-term consequences for the Union.
This six-week course sets out to be both relaxed and lively, while seeking to encourage discussion...

23/02/2022 - Wed (19:00-21:00) - ONLINE COURSE, see Additional Information - 6 weeks - £104.00 - C02777-212202

Early Modern British History: Part 1 (1485-1603)

This course explores the central themes and developments in Tudor England from the seizure of the crown by Henry Tudor in 1485, the reign of Henry VIII and those of his children up to the death of Elizabeth in 1603.

11/01/2022 - Tue (14:00-16:00) - Parkshot Campus - 10 weeks - £169.00 - C02797-212201

Early Modern British History: Part 2 (1603-1714)

This course explores the central themes and developments in Stuart Britain including the reign of James I, the political and social origins of the civil war, the civil war and the English Republic, the Restoration and the reign of Charles II, the Glorious revolution and the onset of Constitutional Monarchy and the reigns of the later Stuarts.

26/04/2022 - Tue (14:00-16:00) - Parkshot Campus - 10 weeks - £169.00 - C02798-212201

Mussolini and the March on Rome: Centenary Lecture

This year marks the centenary of Mussolini?s seizure of power in Italy and the birth of the Europe?s first Fascist state.

In this one off lecture we will look at the events that culminated in Mussolini being asked to form a government by King Victor Emmanuel III with the March on Rome in October. We shall look at the make-up of Italy in 1922; the rise of the Fascist Party throughout the year; the ruling government of Prime Minister Luigi Facta; and try to gain in depth working of the mind of Benito Mussolini himself.

We shall also chronical the events of the March itself in...

23/03/2022 - Wed (19:00-21:00) - Parkshot Campus - 1 weeks - £15.00 - C02685-212201

Norman England: Conquest, Revolution, Oppression (1066-1272)

Norman England: Conquest, Revolution, Oppression (1066-1272)
By surveying the reigns of eight Norman rulers, this course will examine what was surely the most traumatic epoch in British history: a time when the English lost control of their own destiny. It will explore the context of the conquest, the futile revolts to overturn it, the terror tactics used to consolidate it, and it will detail the revolutionary changes the Normans imposed on their new realm.
Constantly distracted by dynastic in-fighting, forays into neighbouring polities (Wales, Scotland), and the financial...

05/01/2022 - Wed (19:00-21:00) - Parkshot Campus - 6 weeks - £104.00 - C02773-212202

Roman History - Decline and Fall

This six-week course will chart the fall of the largest Empire in human history, the Romans from the 4th Century AD. Starting with the split of the Roman World into two spheres under the Emperor Constantine I we will chart the later Caesars of both the Westen and Eastern Empires before focusing the later weeks on what ultimately destroyed and replaced it. Where they really Barbarians at the gates? Was the move from Rome as a centre key to the end of the West? We will look especially at the rise of the Franks, Saxons and Goths in Western Europe and find out if true Rome fell or just...

04/01/2022 - Tue (19:00-21:00) - Parkshot Campus - 6 weeks - £104.00 - C01897-212201

Stalinist Russia: 1922 - 1953

Stalin radically changed both Russia and the Soviet Union during his premiership to such an extent that his legacy is still very much felt today. To some, the man is still revered; to others, the horrors exposed under De-Stalinisation and later show a man who corrupted the Marxist-Leninist Russian Revolution to his own ends.

This course looks in depth at one of the biggest figures in European 20th century, dissecting exactly what do we mean by the term Stalinism . We will cover how he manoeuvred himself to power and his domestic and foreign policies once there, before delving...

22/02/2022 - Tue (19:00-21:00) - Parkshot Campus - 6 weeks - £104.00 - C02682-212201

Taster - History

This taster course will introduce to learners the History offer at RHACC.

04/01/2022 - Tue (13:30-15:00) - Parkshot Campus - 1 weeks - £0.00 - C02812-212201

The Weimar Republic: Germany 1919 -33

The Weimar Republic is forever linked in the eyes of the world with an age of turbulence, an explosion of cultural creativity and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Essentially it is often seen as a weak and failed project. This course aims to reassess the German Republic, its successes and ultimately why it was doomed to destruction.

On the way we shall look at its formation out of the rubble of World War One, the social upheaval around at the time; the economic disasters it faced in the early 1920s and following the Wall Street Crash; and the political background of the era...

07/06/2022 - Tue (19:00-21:00) - Parkshot Campus - 6 weeks - £104.00 - C02683-212201

Watergate - 50th anniversary

In early 1972, President Richard Nixon set up a team to run his re-election campaign for that November. Although he eventually won this election, he would not see out that second term, becoming the first and only President to resign mid-term, just two years later. 2022 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the event which would precipitate this resignation and send shockwaves through the American politics and the world at large; the Watergate break-in.

This one off lecture will look at the events of the Watergate break-in in June 1972 and what lead to the decision to authorise it in the...

26/01/2022 - Wed (19:00-21:00) - Parkshot Campus - 1 weeks - £15.00 - C02684-212201