PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKINGS FOR COURSES WILL CLOSE AT 12 NOON ON THE FRIDAY OF THE WEEK BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT BOOKINGS AFTER THAT TIME.
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
Starts: Monday 4 October 2.00 pm – 4.00pm, 5 weeks
Fees: £40/£35 Code: 05 101
This short course will examine this pivotal episode in the history of the USA from different perspectives and starting by asking what led to the war, will conclude with the legacies of the conflict today.
Week 1: How did it come to this?
The events leading up to 1860 that caused the war: the culture, the Generals, the technology and the weapons.
Week 2: Lincoln – A Tall Tale
How the Civil War affected Lincoln and how Lincoln affected the Civil War from the perspective of the President.
Week 3: The High Tide’s Coming 1862/3
The south’s early victories and euphoria resulting in the confidence of the Confederacy of legitimate succession.
Week 4: The Union – Magic and Loss 1864/5
The war tide turns inevitably in the Union’s favour but Lincoln is assassinated.
Week 5: A Second Revolution or Status Quo 1865 onward
From the immediate reconstruction years without Lincoln to the legacies of the various strategies and failures to the present day.
THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
Starts: Tuesday 9 November 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, 5 weeks
Fees: £40/£35 Code: 05 119
When and on which ideological basis did the American Empire rise? Who are its main adversaries and allies? The American Empire draws its ideological foundations from a series of doctrines and myths, such as “the city on the hill”, “American exceptionalism”, “redemptive violence” and “manifest destiny”. The United States perceives itself not only as different from all other countries but also as a nation appointed to spread its model of freedom and democracy throughout the world. This course aims to focus attention on the ideological roots of the American Empire and on the events that led the country to be the world power it is today.