A History of York (online)

Ref: C3680099

York is one of the oldest cities in England and truly reflects 2000 years of English history. The city has within its streets and walls a vast heritage of living culture, largely unspoilt. For much of its history, York has justified its proud boast to be “the Second City of England” for it has often played a central role in English history. In fact it has at many times performed the role of a “capital”, whether political, economic, cultural, military, or religious. A History of York will recreate the exciting epochs and the memorable phases in the city’s life, by which it has been transformed from northern capital of the Roman Empire to its present status as tourist capital. It sees the past through the buildings that remain to distinguish the city today as well as the big personalities who have left their mark on the city’s history.

Course aim

A survey of the history of York, focussing on key periods, trends, and characters in context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic history of York
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of York's contexts
  • Demonstrate an insight into the relationship between culture and society
  • Identify relevant key protagonists in York's history

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge or preparation is necessary.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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A History of York (online)


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