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A Catastrophic Century: Plantagenets III View details

A tumultuous century where truth is stranger than fiction. Drama, intrigue, rivalry, treachery, deviancy, pestilence, famine, and the overthrow of a king. Conflicts that pitted sons against fathers and wives against husbands; Over-mighty subjects including de Montfort, Gaveston and Despenser as well as strong, powerful queens like Eleanor of Provence, Eleanor of Castile and the ‘She-Wolf,’ Isabella of France. Ignored and mostly unknown to most people, this was the calamitous Plantagenet century, 1250 – 1351.

A Century of Food and Fiction View details

What have we loved to eat, and relished reading, since 1900? We look at Edwardian excess, wartime rations, the Jazz Age, fashions in dieting, the growth of ethnic eating, the celebrity chef, food in science fiction and more! Recipe books, newspaper and magazine articles, diaries, memoirs, poetry and novels all provide fascinating evidence of the food we have loved, and loathed, over more than a century of social change.

A History of Ideas View details

It is a multidisciplinary course, drawing on ideas from philosophy, art, history and literature. Each session will focus on a text and we will discuss the impact of its key ideas. Ideas include: the invention of history; the political lessons of Machiavelli; what is beauty?; the revenge tragedies of Seneca; the discovery and implications of genetics.

A History of Ideas View details

This ten week course identifies ten important ideas that shaped human development. Where do these ideas come from and where does the actual word originate from that describes the ideas. The ten ideas are: Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrialization, ideologies, Feminism, Darwinism, environmentalism, postmodernism, Islam. What has been the impact upon society from these ideas.

A History of Ideas View details

This nine week course identifies nine important ideas that shaped human development. Where do these ideas come from and where does the actual word originate from that describes the ideas. The nine ideas are: Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrialization, ideologies, Feminism, Darwinism, environmentalism, postmodernism, Islam. What has been the impact upon society from these ideas.

A History of Ideas View details

This ten week course identifies ten important ideas that shaped human development. Where do these ideas come from and where does the actual word originate from that describes the ideas. The ten ideas are: Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrialization, ideologies, Feminism, Darwinism, environmentalism, postmodernism, Islam. What has been the impact upon society from these ideas.

A History of India View details

This course will first look into the emergence of the Harappan Period of India history, examining the various archaeological investigations into key sites in order to build up an extensive picture of that culture. We will then go on to consider the growth and maturity of that culture and its society before considering key reasons for its ultimate downfall in thew late Bronze Age, including a careful analysis of the so-called "Aryan" migrations into India. We will go onto consider the great importance of the Aryan and Vedic culture, and how this transformed northern Indian society during the early Iron Age. We will conclude by looking at the emergence of the earliest "classical" republics of north India, considering the earliest historical and literary evidence to gain some insight into the particular appearance of Magadha as the foremost of the republics, as well as its potential rivals, and the incorporation of north-west India into the Achaemenid Empire.

A History of India View details

The course will begin by looking closely at the affairs of northern India and make some assessment of the continuation of the Rajput dynasties, as well as the development and transformation of the Sultanate of Delhi during the later 13th century. We will analyse the character of the other regional kingdoms across India by the same period, including the development and final decline of Hoysala empire of the southern Deccan, and the the Kakatiya dynasty, as well as the emergence of the Karnata Empire following the decline of the Pandyas. We will also go on to look at the appearance and later resurgence of the Reddi kingdom, its culture and literature. We will also consequently consider why no dynasty was able to create a single continuous hegemony across the subcontinent, despite the establishment of larger states. We will also examine the subsequent later evolution of Hinduism, temple patronage as well as a sustained cultural Indian influence across the wider region of south-east Asia.

A History of Medicine View details

In this course we will examine the development of medicine from pre-history to the modern day, looking at the discovery of human anatomy and physiology, and the causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Hence, the course will concentrate on the following themes: * Medicine in pre-history, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. * The preservation and development of Greek science and medicine by the arab nations. * The work of the Italian anatomists. * The discovery of the Germ Theory of Disease. * The discovery of antisepsis and anaesthesia in 19th. century medicine. * The importance of organic chemistry in the discovery and development of penicillin and other drugs. * The discovery of X-rays and their uses in medicine. * The use of non-invasive diagnostic techniques (e.g. CT, MRI, PET and ultrasound scans) in modern medicine.

A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands View details

Brian Holmshaw is leading a class for the WEA called A History of Sheffield Parks and Woodlands. The 12 sessions will use images, maps and documents from a range of time periods to investigate the history and development of Sheffield's parks, woodlands and open spaces. Some sessions are thematic, others explore a different park or wood in the city in depth. There will be 2 site visits. Tuesday afternoons, 2.00-4.00pm for 12 weeks from 17 September to 10 December 2019. Held at Meersbrook Hall, Brook Rd, Sheffield S8 9FL.