Duplicity: Calumny, Cunning and Chutzpah

Ref: C3744358

The six events are: the Zinoviev Letter of 1924, apparently sent by the Bolsheviks to stir up the British proletariat immediately prior to the 1924 UK general election; the Ems Telegram of 1870.orchestrated by Bismarck to initiate armed conflict with France: the part played by John Law, a Scottish adventurer, who in early 18th century France first created its imperial financial power and then crashed the economy of Louis XV; the Zimmerman Telegram of 1917, apparently sent from Berlin to the President of Mexico, inviting him to join Germany in an armed invasion of the USA; Disraeli's part in 19th century German re-unification and the growth of the German empire through its second to third Reich and finally the proposal for a political union between the Republic of France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain in June 1940, as agreed and signed off by General Charles de Gaulle and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Course aim

The course examines six historical events that employed combinations of duplicity, calumny, cunning and chutzpah that, if successfully concluded, could have changed the course of history.

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:

  • appreciate the levels of duplicity and calumny in historical international relationships, compare this to today, and make some objective comparisons.
  • better understand the historical time-line of events that connects the creation of the unified German empire in 1870 to the creation of today's European Union
  • evaluate both the strengths and weakness of British intelligence from its exceptional, indeed brilliant skills at Room 40 at the Admiralty in 1916 and 1917 to the duplicitous actuons of its successor,organisation, MI5, in 1924.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • An enquiring mind, with an interest in history and current affairs is more than sufficient for learners to add value with other learners and to enjoy the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Duplicity: Calumny, Cunning and Chutzpah

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