Amazons across the Ages

Ref: C2228354

This course looks at women warriors and military commanders in history, from the original Amazons to the present day. It’s often been an emotive subject, one way or the other, with the facts obscured by the prejudices of the writers, and what they wanted to be true. We will try to find the facts behind all this, while also examining how the concept was used in propaganda and mythology. Specific periods to examine will include the original Amazons (Skythian horse nomads), the Vikings, the medieval period, the American Civil War, and WW2. Apart from serious literature and archaeology, we will also look at what can be learnt from historical re-enactment (and how it can be misleading!), and how the whole concept has been used in fantasy and historical fiction, and in gaming.

Additional information about this course

Half term date: 15/02/2022

Course aim

To look at women warriors and military commanders in history, from the original Amazons to the present day, trying to strike a balance between chauvinism and feminism in favour of realism

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the extent to which women fought, throughout history
  • Have a healthy mistrust of accounts by historians with an axe to grind
  • Name at least one major conflict in which women played a significant part
  • Describe some ways in which women are inherently better than men at fighting

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A rudimentary knowledge of world history would probably help, but will not be assumed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Amazons across the Ages

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Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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