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Oliver Cromwell - God's Champion?

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Oliver Cromwell - God's Champion?

Oliver Cromwell (1599 - 1658) remains one of the most controversial figures in British history. Was he driven by consistent principles or by ambition and self-interest? How did he rise from East Anglian yeoman farmer to become Lord Protector of England? Did he really believe he had a special commission from God, and what, if any, was his legacy? This course will explore these and other questions relating to Cromwell and the English Civil War. Throughout the course we will illustrate our discussions by examining a range of contemporary documents.

Date: 27th - 29th September 2017 (3 day course)
Location: Higham Hall, Cumbria
Tutor: Andrew Lacey
Contact: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CB13 9SH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1768 776276
Fax: +44 (0) 1768 776013
Email: Higham Hall
Website: Higham Hall Course Details

 
For God & the King: The Royalists in the English Civil War, 1640 - 1660

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For God and the King: The Royalists in the English Civil War, 1640 - 1660

'Wrong but romantic,' the famous quote from 1066 and all that sums up many perceptions of the Royalists. They had nice clothes and long hair and were dashing and brave in the service of their king, but they had no real political importance or significance, whereas the Roundheads were 'right but repulsive.'

This course attempts to challenge these stereotypes and will attempt to show that the Royalists were as varied, as committed and as principled as any Parliamentarian. We will look at those who fought for the king, those who wrote in his cause and those who suffered for their allegiance in an attempt to understand something of the motivations and experiences of those who would not forsake 'God and the King.' Throughout the course we will illustrate our discussions by examining a range of contemporary documents so that these people can speak for themselves.

Date: 29th September - 1st October 2017 (3 day course)
Location: Higham Hall, Cumbria
Tutor: Andrew Lacey
Contact: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CB13 9SH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1768 776276
Fax: +44 (0) 1768 776013
Email: Higham Hall
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The Tudors and the English Reformation

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The Tudors and the English Reformation

The Tudors transformed England between 1485 and 1603 and this course will concentrate on one of their most significant legacies - the Reformation. After looking at where the Tudors came from etc, we will examine the causes and consequences of Henry VIII's break with Rome in the 1530s and all that flowed from that episode as we consider the twisted and often dangerous path of Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

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Date: 19th - 21st January 2018
Location: Madingley Hall, Cambridge
Tutor: Dr. Andrew Lacey
Contact: University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambs. CB23 8AQ UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 746222
Email: University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education
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Winds of Change: Post-War Britain 1945 - 1965

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Winds of Change: Post-War Britain 1945 - 1965

Britain emerged victorious but bankrupt from the Second World War in 1945 and the next twenty years witnessed a transformation of British society which included the creation of the welfare state, the 'never had it so good' years of the 1950s and an unprecedented rise in prosperity. This course will explore some of these changes as well as looking at Britain's changing role in the world, the end of Empire, the Cold War etc. The course ends in 1964-5, the year of Harold Wilson's Labour victory, the advent of the Beatles and the death of Winston Churchill.

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Date: 26th - 28th March 2018 (7 sessions)
Location: Higham Hall Adult Education Centre
Tutor: Dr. Andrew Lacey
Contact: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH
Tel: +44 (0) 1768 776 276
Email:  Higham Hall
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A Load of Bull! - National Service in Post-War Britain, 1947 - 1963

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A Load of Bull! - National Service in Post-War Britain, 1947 - 1963

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the introduction of National Service, when, between 1947 and 1963, over two million young British men were conscripted into the armed forces for anything up to two years.

Many loathed it, most were resigned to it, some almost enjoyed it!

Many National Servicemen were posted abroad to fight in such post-imperial hot-spots as Malaya, Cyprus, Egypt, Kenya and Aden, they also served in the war in Korea. Over 400 of them were killed on active service.

This course will examine the reasons why National Service was introduced, the experience of the conscripts - from parade ground to the front-line - and some of the effects of National Service both on those who experienced it and on the wider society.

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Date: 28th - 30th March 2018 (7 sessions)
Location: Higham Hall Adult Education Centre
Tutor: Dr. Andrew Lacey
Contact: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH
Tel: +44 (0) 1768 776 276
Email:  Higham Hall
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Reformation, Religion and Revolution in Tudor and Early Stuart England, 1500 - 1650

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Reformation, Religion and Revolution in Tudor and Early Stuart England, 1500 - 1650 Using an inter-disciplinary approach combining politics, religion and iconography, this course will explore conflict, resistance and revolt between 1500 and 1650. We will explore the expanding world of the early 16th century, the nature of the Reformation unleashed by Henry VIII and Edward VI, the Counter-Reformation of Mary and the 'religious settlement' of Elizabeth. We will also study the Catholic opposition under Elizabeth and the rising power of Puritanism which finally provoked Civil War and Revolution across the British Isles in the 1640s and resulted in the downfall of the monarchy and the execution of Charles I.

Date: 28th July - 4th August 2018
Location: Rewley House, Wellington Square, Oxford, UK.
Tutor: Dr. Andrew Lacey
Contact: University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, UK OX1 2JA
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270397 / 270427
Email: University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education
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Stalin and the Soviet Union

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Stalin and the Soviet Union This short course will explore the life and times of Joseph Stalin and his impact upon the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. We will consider Stalin's rise to power in the 1920s, industrialization and terror in the 1930s, the Second World War, Soviet expansion after 1945 and the Cold War. In the arts we will explore the development of Socialist Realism and we will end by discussing Stalin's role, and the system he created, in the eventual fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

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Date: 26th - 28th September 2018 (3 day course)
Location: Higham Hall, Cumbria, UK
Tutor: Dr. Andrew Lacey
Contact: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CB13 9SH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1768 - 776276
Fax: +44 (0) 1768 - 776013
Email: Higham Hall
Website: Higham Hall Course Details

 
Hitler and Nazi Germany

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Hitler and Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler strides across the history of the twentieth century like a colossus. He changed the lives of most Europeans during his years in power and we continue to live with the positive and negative implications of his defeat in 1945. It was Hitler who created and dominated the Nazi party; Hitler who revitalized Germany after the chaos of defeat and economic collapse; Hitler who unleashed the Second World War; Hitler who ultimately bears the responsibility for the deaths of millions through war and genocide.

Finding definitive answers to the enigma of Hitler and Nazism is not easy, but this course will provide an introduction to his life and the movement he founded. As we go through the course, we will consider the questions: why was Hitler so popular, and how could it happen?

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Date: 28th - 30th September 2018 (3 day course)
Location: Higham Hall, Cumbria, UK
Tutor: Dr. Andrew Lacey
Contact: Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CB13 9SH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1768 - 776276
Fax: +44 (0) 1768 - 776013
Email: Higham Hall
Website: Higham Hall Course Details

 

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