Courses – History

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORDIE MEALMAKER (ONLINE COURSE)

Tony Cox

Starts: Monday 18 April 2.00 pm – 4.00pm,  5 weeks

Fees: £40/£35   Code: 05 303

George Mealmaker remains an almost completely unknown figure to many Dundonians, and to most Scots. He is Scotland’s ‘forgotten radical martyr, who, as a journeyman weaver, was seen as too ‘common’ and too radical to be included on the Calton Hill memorial in Edinburgh, erected in the 1850s, to the so-called ‘radical martyrs’. This small group, which included Thomas Muir of Huntershill, were leaders of the Friends of the People, and were, like Mealmaker, transported to Australia during the 1790s for the crime of demanding universal male suffrage. This course will draw on a wide range of sources to build a picture of the life and times of George Mealmaker, as a first step towards bringing this forgotten radical martyr to wider attention..

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RADICAL WALKS AROUND DUNDEE (IN-PERSON COURSE)

Tony Cox

Starts: Wednesday 1 June 2.00 pm – 4.00pm,  6 weeks

Fees: £40/£35   Code: 05 317

Five guided tours in the heart of the modern city, seeking to uncover the remains, and tell the story of, medieval and early modern Dundee. The class meets and walks begin at the Burns’ statue in Albert Square.

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THE HISTORY OF RUSSIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (ONLINE COURSE)

Tony Black

Starts: Tuesday 26 April 2.00 pm – 4.00pm,  2 weeks

Fees: £16/£14   Code: 05 318

Russian political thought: the background to Putin?

Join Professor Tony Black in an exploration of the origins of Russian political thought through to the present day. This short course will consider:

• The adoption of Byzantine Orthodoxy by Vladimir of Kiev in the late tenth century; and in Muscovite village communalism.

• Westernisation by Peter the Great (r. 1696-1725); ‘orthodoxy, autocracy, nationality’; Westernisers versus Slavophils.

• Leninism and Stalinism.

• Since 1991 emotionalism, Eurasianism opposed to Western ‘Atlanticism’; Putin and the patriarch.

• A new version of ‘political realism’.

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