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A History of Christianity View details

This course examines the History of Christianity from its beginnings in Judaic writings and Greek philosophy and culture, through the early period of establishment of the faith, weaving through the tangle of its fractures and schisms, and the emergence of its various churches with new themes and creeds, up to the period of the Enlightenment in the 18th century. The main themes will include: - the beginnings - the time of Jesus Christ - the early schisms, east and south - the rise of Rome - the Orthodox church - the Reformation and the worldwide Church - Christianity and its struggles during the Enlightenment.

A History of Egypt in 100 Objects View details

The course will be based on powerpoint presentation and individual objects will be shown while their importance will be discussed.

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 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

The course will begin by looking closely at the affairs of northern India in the wake of the Islamic incursions, and make some assessment of the emergence of the Gurjara dynasties before going on to look in greater detail at the establishment and significance of the Gurjara Pratiharas. We will analyse the character of the other regional kingdoms across India by the same period, including the emergence of Rashtrakutas of the Deccan, the Pala kingdom of Bengal, as well as the continuation of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the other Tamil principalities from farther south. We will also consequently consider why no dynasty was able to create a single hegemony across the subcontinent. We will go on to look at the later evolution of Hinduism and the decline of Buddhism, the continued growth of urbanisation and temple patronage as well as a sustained cultural Indian influence across the wider region of south-east Asia.

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. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. The ten 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. Tuesday afternoons, 2.45-4.45pm for 10 weeks from 8 January to 19 March 2019 with at least one site visit planned. Held at Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield, S7 1DB. Book on http://www.wea.org.uk/find-course or email brian.holmshaw@btinternet.com for course content.

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. It will suit beginners and people building on existing knowledge. The ten 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. Thursday evenings, 5.45-7.45pm for 10 weeks from 10 January to 21 March 2019 with at least one site visit planned. Held at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Ln, Sheffield S1 4FW. Book on http://www.wea.org.uk/find-course or email brian.holmshaw@btinternet.com for course content.

A History of the English House View details

The ways in which houses both grand and humble have been built and lived in have greatly changed since Tudor times. This course will examine how. 1. Introduction, Tudor Houses. 2. Stuart Houses, changes in style and material. 3. Life in Stuart Houses; Comfort, Cooking and Sanitation. 4. Georgian Houses in Town and Country. 5. Life in Georgian Houses; Consumers and Style. 6. Victorian Houses, Modern Materials and Old Styles. 7. Life in Victorian Houses; Comfort, Cooking and Sanitation. 8. Early 20th Century Houses; Semis and Suburbia.

A Miscellany of Mathematics (and Mathematicians!) View details

Mathematics often gets a bad press: folk are happy - proud even - to admit that they are useless at it and almost despise it. And often, if one asks further about why this might be so, it derives from poor teaching in their early school years and so a lack of confidence in their own mathematical ability. Or maybe Maths is mistakenly equated to arithmetic and mental gymnastics. Well this course isn't about any of that stuff. In the tutor's opinion mathematics is like a glorious English landscape, full of lovely little villages and byways - 'topics less travelled' - or surprising edifices that make one gasp with their beauty or unexpectedness. Mathematicians too generally get a bad press, when in truth 'All human life is here' - gamblers and gluttons, drunkards and duellists - you name it and there'll have been a mathematician who has 'already been there, got the T-shirt!' Why not come along for the ride and get a new view of mathematicians and their creations.

A Moving Story - Transport and Travel in an East Anglian context View details

East Anglia has a long and accessible coastline, navigable waterways, and fairly flat terrain. Its proximity to europe and good arable and pastoral land enabled it to become increasingly wealthy and populated in the Middle Ages. All these factors encouraged the development of efficient and varied transport systems, of which there is plenty of documentary and material evidence. This course covers aspects of transport and travel by road, water and rail from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, using contemporary records, pictures and material remains to discover road networks and maintenance, the development of stage and mail coaches, carriers and heavy waggons; rivers, their improvement and canalization and the vessels on them, such as keels and wherries; ports and international trade and migration with evidence of the people involved; the development of the railway system and its effect on economic and social life; and the revival of road travel in the motor age.