Baltic History

Ref: C2225747

The course will take a broad brush approach to the history of the Baltic Region focussing on the Eastern Baltic especially the current states of Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania . It will include the arrival of the Germanic settlers, the Teutonic Knights and the influence of the Hanseatic League in the Mediaeval period. It will look at the influence of the German, Swedish, Russian Empires and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth on the region in the early modern and modern periods. Finally it will examine the Wars of Independence in the wake of the First World War

Course aim

The 'History of the Baltic Region' will follow the history of the Eastern Baltic states from German immigration in the Mediaeval period to the Wars of Independence after the Russian Revolution.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the events of the period in chronological sequence
  • Discuss how events and their significance can be seen in different ways, according to personal and group perspectives.
  • Assess the relative importance of different explanations of the 'past', depending on the historical approaches which dictate how information is organised into an argument.
  • Explain the rationale for my own understanding of the past in a logical way

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Kirby, David, Northern Europe in the Early Modern Period: The Baltic World 1492-1772 (Harlow: Longman, 1990). Kirby, David, The Baltic World 1772-199: Europe's Northern Periphery in an Age of Change (Harlow : Longman, 1995)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Baltic History

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