Great Capitals of Europe: Paris and Berlin

Ref: C3741201

Learn how these rival cities grew and flourished to become the European power-houses of the 19th and 20th centuries, their influence and leadership felt right across the main fields of human endeavour, from culture and science through to militarism and warfare. These developments were fuelled by their countries’ tortuous and often conflicting paths from monarchy and empire to become republics. See how the legacy of this past lives on in the form of majestic buildings, world-famous art and classic literature.

Course aim

To appreciate the history, art and architecture of Paris and Berlin, the two cities at the centre of European development for the last 250 years.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify the impact of the last Emperor, Napoleon III, on the city of Paris as we know it today.
  • Assess the impact of Bismarck on European events from 1860 to 1945.
  • Cite French artists of the Romantic, Historic and Post-Impressionist movements.
  • Identify the two leading Bauhaus architects and cite examples of their work.
  • Describe the impact of Victor Hugo and Kathe Kollwitz on their countries' politics.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Useful re-reading would include: "Paris - The Story of a Great City" by Chadych & Leborgne "Germania" by Simon Winder

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Great Capitals of Europe: Paris and Berlin


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