The Road to the Second World War – Spring 2018

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Unlike the First World War, the Second’s origins are virtually incontestable. Beginning with Poland, this course examines how Germany, Britain and France’s recourse to war was determined by their own agendas and discusses appeasement in the context of Churchill’s statement ‘It could have been prevented […] but no one would listen’.

Tutor – Mark Barnard
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 17 January 2018
Course Ref – C2338763

Enrolment is now open – go to wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464 to book your place

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North American Indians and the West – Spring 2018

wichita-86968_1920.jpgNative American Indians were important in the settlement of the West. Various immigrant groups found the West a place that would fill their hopes and dreams. By examining how the West moved at the end of the nineteenth century there will be an opportunity to learn more about how each group of settlers impacted on the lives of the Native American Indians. Mormons, homesteaders, ranchers,miners and railway workers all met and interacted with tribes such as the Lakota Sioux and the Mandans. The impact of the American Army on the Sioux towards the end of the nineteenth century will be examined as will changing government policies The culture of the Plains Indians and their interaction with the environment will be part of the course.

Tutor – Ann Parker
Fee – £57.75 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 10 meetings from 9 January 2018
Course Ref – C2338787

Enrolment is now open – go to wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464 to book your place

Elizabeth and Leicester – Spring 2018

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Find out about Elizabeth I’s love affair with Robert Dudley; their imprisonment in the Tower during the reign of Mary I; the death of Amy Robsart and Elizabeth’s relationship with her cousin Lettice Knollys who was banished upon her marriage to the earl of Leicester. Consider the question that the King of France asked – “Is Queen Elizabeth a maid or no?” Delve into the way Dudley carved a political and military career for himself as well as breaking free of Elizabeth to make his own marriage. Explore the complexities of their relationship. When he died in 1588, Elizabeth shut herself away with grief. An opportunity to consider the private life of royalty and the impact of a traitor’s son and grandson upon the politics of the period as well as to look at the way in which the scandal of “Sweet Robin” resonates down the centuries.

Tutor – Julia Hickey
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 7 meetings from 23 January 2018
Course Ref – C2338764

Enrolment is now open – go to wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464 to book your place

The Great War: who was responsible? – Derby Day School Autumn 2017

feat Tyne Cot Cemetery 1 edit 2Some say the Great War was due to German aggression; others that Britain, France and Russia contributed significantly to the conflict by curtailing the Kaiser’s quest to be their equal. Asking could it have been averted, this talk will examine some of the key reasons for each country’s culpability in one of the most debated and emotive of subjects.

 

Tutor – Mark Barnard
Date – Saturday 2 December 2017
Time – 10:00am-12:00pm
Location WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee – FREE

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

‘Dunkirk’: How the British and German media received the 2017 film

DunkirkTransformed from what Churchill described as a ‘disastrous defeat’ into a ‘miracle of deliverance’, Dunkirk holds a semi-sacred place in Britain’s collective conscience and DNA. However, given claims Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ lacks the usual heroic pathos and represents every defeated army, this talk asks what the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ means today.

Tutor – Mark Barnard
Date – Saturday 4 November 2017
Time – 10:00am-12:00pm
Location WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee – FREE

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

The Wars of the Roses – Autumn 2017

MS Ghent - Battle of Barnet Untangle the thorny path of the battles between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Meet Richard of York who gave battle in vain, his sons Edward IV, George drowned in a vat of wine and Richard III as well as the saintly Henry VI. Follow Margaret of Anjou and Margaret Beaufort in their quest for power. Encounter the men, women, turncoats and victims of a family war and begin to investigate the growing importance of legal process, parliament and propaganda in the Plantagenet and Tudor quest to rule the kingdom.

Tutor – Julia Hickey
Fee – £77.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 3 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337849

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Native American Indians and revolution – Autumn 2017

monument-54851_1920We will examine the interaction of colonists to the Americas and their relationships with native populations, as well as exploring the impact of colonising nations on the lives of North and South American Indians. This will include Spanish, English and French colonial attempts to settle the Americas. Where appropriate key individuals such as George Washington will be assessed. The growth of the colonies and their development will be examined, plus the events surrounding the American and French Revolutions, particularly where they link to Native American Indians.

Tutor – Ann Parker
Fee – £57.75 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 10 meetings from 19 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337917

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

The tragedy of the Great War: causes, consequences and contrasting centenaries – Autumn 2017

Enlist todayAlthough the Great War’s consequences are indisputable, its origins remain contentious.
Re-evaluating each country’s role in the crisis, we will trace the political, social and economic causes of the conflict. Given the war’s contrasting memories and national narratives we will also ask, should we commemorate without reproach.

Tutor – Mark Barnard
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 2 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337817

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

The Balfour Declaration – Derby Day School Autumn 2017

Balfour portrait and declarationWe will explore 19th century political/theological, (British) Christian-Zionist discussions, the context of WW1, priorities of British Government war-time decision-making, Imperial ‘mind-sets’, role of key figures, the transformation of the Declaration into the Mandate Document (24 July 1922) and the legacy.

Tutor – Peter Shambrook
Date – Saturday 18 November 2017
Time – 10:00am-1:00pm
Location WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee FREE

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

1917 The Russian Revolution: events and propaganda – including Battleship Potemkin – Derby Day School Autumn 2017

Vintage PotemkinThe causes of the 1917 revolution and events that took place during that year will be examined. The classic film Battleship Potemkin will be shown followed by a discussion about its importance and the role of propaganda in Russia following the Communist revolution.

Tutor – Ann Parker
Date – Saturday 7 October 2017
Time – 10:00am-2:30pm – Includes 30 minutes for lunch, please bring your own
Location WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee – £5.00

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Please send your cheque to the address above, made payable to WEA Derby Branch

The tragedy of the Great War: causes, consequences & contrasting centenaries

Bravo, Belgium! - Punch (12 August 1914), page 143 - BLAlthough the Great War’s consequences are indisputable, its origins remain contentious. Re-evaluating each country’s role in the crisis, this course traces the political, social and economic causes of the conflict. Given the war’s contrasting memories and national narratives we will also ask, should we commemorate without reproach?

Tutor Mark Barnard
Starts Friday 19 May 2017
Time 10.00am-12.00pm
Duration 7 weeks
Location The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee £53.90 or FREE based on selected means tested benefits

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Lest we forget – lest we remember: contrasting centenaries in Britain, France and Germany

PoppiesSymbolised by the Somme and the poppy, the Great War has left an enduringly emotive legacy. Given Germany’s problematic remembrance culture and claims that Europe’s first Ring of Remembrance heralded a departure from national narratives, this talk asks, should we commemorate without reproach?

Tutor Mark Barnard
Date Friday 28 April 2017
Time 10.30am-12.30pm
Location WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee FREE

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

On the run: the history of migration – Spring 2017

Les migrations des Slaves (musée national de Slovénie, Ljubljana)This course is for anyone willing to consider again the important issues around migration today. We will look at the political, social, economic, religious and ethical effects of living in the 21st century, placing them in historical context and asking what role we might play in dealing with such matters.

Tutor – Kevin Brown
Fee £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 1:30pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 16 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337132

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Fear, hunger and pride: the causes and consequences of the First World War – Spring 2017

Iona War MemorialAlthough the Great War’s consequences are indisputable, its origins remain contentious. Re-evaluating the ‘blame-game’ and Germany’s ‘pariah’ status, this course traces the political, economic and cultural causes of the July Crisis, concluding with an overview of the conflict’s contrasting remembrance cultures.
Tutor – Mark Barnard
Fee £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 7 meetings from 16 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337177

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Battle for the Crown: Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey and Bloody Mary – Spring 2017

QUEEN MARY I TUDORPotentially the tool of powerful political or religious figures, meet the heirs of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty in a period seething with intrigue, turbulence and ambition with a view to untangling the characters and relationships behind the throne for the decade from 1547 until 1558.

Tutor – Julia Hickey
Fee £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date
– Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 7 meetings from 10 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337134

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx