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2018 sees Marlborough College commemorate the final year of the Great War; a period of history that holds a great deal of poignant significance for the College. 749 of the College community gave their lives in the devastating conflict. As such, appropriate courses are available on the subject as are an array of other fascinating and engaging historical and cultural topics.

 

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What does the History of the Labour Party tell us?

What does the History of the Labour Party tell us?

New for 2020

COURSE No. 175

TUTOR: Christopher Barder

Despite whatever else happens by the time you read this, or indeed during the course, it may seem from history that the Labour party is not much given to looking back with remorse or guilt. The party also seems to espouse internationalism not patriotism. It has historical roots in Marx if not Marxism, Socialism and the Trade Union movement. It has generally...

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Art in the Age of Baroque

Art in the Age of Baroque

New for 2020

COURSE No. 176

TUTOR: David Evans

The last years of the 16th and the first half of the 17th century constitute one of the greatest creative periods in the history of European art. On this course, you will study the sculpture and architecture of Bernini and the painting of Caravaggio and discuss the impact their work had both north and south of the Alps. You will then...

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Discovering Marlborough's History

Discovering Marlborough's History

New for 2020

COURSE No. 177,178

TUTOR: Nick Baxter

The town of Marlborough, now famous for its gentility, actually has an exciting, turbulent and revolting past. The Mound, still visible in Marlborough College's grounds, was the centre of an important castle much fought over and in 1267 was the place King Henry III and his barons made peace. Local people defied the Tudor king, Henry VII, by armed resistance. In 1642,...

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How an Obscure Messianic Sect Became a World Religion

How an Obscure Messianic Sect Became a World Religion

New for 2020

COURSE No. 179

TUTOR: Maggie Guillebaud

This course examines the extraordinary story of how an obscure Jewish Messianic sect became a religion that came to dominate the Western known-world in a remarkably short time. You will discover how Christianity was aided by the powerful Roman Empire once Constantine had proclaimed religious tolerance in 313. As the Empire split into East and West and declined, so the Church had...

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Something in the Air: Politics, Culture and Society in Britain 1958 to 1970

Something in the Air: Politics, Culture and Society in Britain 1958 to 1970

New for 2020

COURSE No. 180

TUTOR: Peter Street

Focussing on Britain between 1958 and 1970, this course explores major political and economic issues, together with aspects of daily life, leisure, popular culture, education and belief. Topics covered include decolonisation, multiculturalism and key social policies, notably legislation underpinning the 'permissive society' and worries and responses over Britain's economy, including applications to 'join Europe'. You will consider growing anxiety over nuclear weapons and...

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Adventures in Philosophy

Adventures in Philosophy

COURSE No. 181

TUTOR: Joanna Wilkinson

This course offers a journey of discovery into some big philosophical questions. What is freedom? How can I live a good life? What is sacred and what makes it so? What can we know? You will also look at extracts from famous works of literature and identify the philosophical ideas hidden within them. Views of major philosophers will be presented, with much...

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The Cult of Gloriana: Art, Music and Personality at the Court of the Virgin Queen

The Cult of Gloriana: Art, Music and Personality at the Court of the Virgin Queen

COURSE No. 182

TUTOR: Mark Cottle

Elizabeth I was the most remarkable woman of a remarkable age. Her reign marks one of the great creative periods in English history. Literature, music, art, architecture and overseas exploration all reached unprecedented heights. This course will focus on each of these areas in turn, following an introductory survey of Elizabeth and her reign. In many respects, the Renaissance arrived late in England,...

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Art in 17th Century Europe

Art in 17th Century Europe

New for 2020

COURSE No. 183

TUTOR: Hendrika Foster

Two main styles of art coexisted during the 17th century, Baroque and Classicism. Possibly developing from the Baroque, Mannerism indicated a return to the ideals of High Renaissance Classicism. The terms were imposed later. It often becomes an elaborate decorative technique exploiting dramatic use of light and shade in stage-like settings, which accentuate the illusion of what is factitious. The essential theatricality of...

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From Post-War to Cold War

From Post-War to Cold War

New for 2020

COURSE No. 184

TUTOR: David Evans

When the Second World War ended in 1945, the arenas of conflict, both in Europe and in East Asia, were a wasteland where civil government had collapsed, the economy was ruined and, often, the material basis of domestic and social life destroyed through bombing and other military activity. You will study the process by which the chaos of the immediate post-war years...

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The Middle East: Politics and Prospects

The Middle East: Politics and Prospects

COURSE No. 185

TUTOR: Stuart Laing

This course will cover the background to the conflicts and confrontations from which this vital region suffers. You will explore the issues that divide the area and the politics whose outcomes affect us all. You will look at the personalities of the leaders in these vividly contrasting countries, from the wealth of the oil producers to the poverty of those stricken by...

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British Political History: 1945 to 2010

British Political History: 1945 to 2010

COURSE No. 186

TUTOR: Max Stafford

This course provides an overview, both chronological and thematic, of post-war British politics. The period between 1945 to 2010 saw much upheaval in the political landscape with far-reaching social, economic and cultural repercussions. Many figures set themselves astride the political stage, only to end their careers in failure, ignominy and controversy. From Attlee's austerity to the Cameron-Clegg coalition, a range of historical developments...

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Art, Architecture and Art Collecting in 18th Century England

Art, Architecture and Art Collecting in 18th Century England

New for 2020

COURSE No. 187

TUTOR: Hendrika Foster

This course will explore the study of art and the architecture produced in England and the influence of Italy and the Classical world upon it. At the start of the 18th century, England lagged far behind other major capitals in Europe that had art collections available for public view and an official National School for teaching art. This would inspire the foundation...

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