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History, Art History and Culture

Marlborough College Summer School:

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11th July - 7th August 2021

Adult Courses

History, Art History and Culture

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Another World: Work, Life and Culture of Rural England 1815 to 1914

Another World: Work, Life and Culture of Rural England 1815 to 1914

New for 2021

COURSE No. 189

TUTOR: Peter Street

Exploring a less familiar aspect of the 19th century, this course considers the experiences of and prospects for rural England's various communities amid wider economic, political and cultural developments. Aspects covered include the working year and cottage industries as well as beliefs, family and home life. Also explored is the importance of the landowner, country house and estate, crime, unrest and migration....

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Virtue Ethics and the Wartime Generation of Philosophers

Virtue Ethics and the Wartime Generation of Philosophers

New for 2021

COURSE No. 190

TUTOR: James Dickie

Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, Iris Murdoch, Mary Midgley and Mary Warnock all studied at Oxford in the 1940s. The war gave them the opportunity to take academic roles hitherto dominated by men. They would all become influential philosophers linked both by friendship and a concern, then unfashionable in British Philosophy, with what constitutes a good human life. This course will explore their key...

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Controversies and Issues in United States Politics and Society in the Age of Trump

Controversies and Issues in United States Politics and Society in the Age of Trump

COURSE No. 192

TUTOR: William Sheward

Beginning with an overview of the American polity, this course examines a variety of controversial political, social and economic issues that have significant societal impacts in the age of the Donald J. Trump presidency. These range from domestic matters like the social issues forming part of the 'culture wars' between the liberal and conservative views of America, such as abortion, gay rights...

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A Bigger Picture

A Bigger Picture

New for 2021

COURSE No. 193

TUTOR: Paul Chapman

In our modern age, do we spend enough time looking and considering our art? In a fast-paced world where we are bombarded by multiple pictures twenty-four seven, are we in fear of losing the ability to stop and think about what we see? Perhaps a slower pace will reveal more. Great works of art can say so much. Iconic images often display...

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World War Two: 1939 to 1940

World War Two: 1939 to 1940

New for 2021

COURSE No. 195

TUTOR: Robin Brodhurst

This is the first in a series of courses looking at the Second World War 80 years on. The structure of sessions will consist of a lecture, followed by a discussion based on an up-to-date bibliography. The course aims to look at the causes of the war, the various campaigns in the opening 12 months and political changes during this period. One...

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The Search for Political Stability in Britain and Ireland: 1660 to 1720

The Search for Political Stability in Britain and Ireland: 1660 to 1720

New for 2021

COURSE No. 196

TUTOR: David Evans

After the Republic failed to solve the political and religious problems that had led to civil war in England, Scotland and Ireland in the 1640s, it was hoped that the restored Monarchy of Charles II might do better. On this course, you will explore its failure to do so and the subsequent overthrow of another Stuart monarch in 1688. You will go...

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Contemporary British Political Themes and Issues: 2015 to 2021

Contemporary British Political Themes and Issues: 2015 to 2021

COURSE No. 197

TUTOR: Max Stafford

A revised version of a successful course, this edition takes a post 2015 focus and explores current themes and issues within the British political landscape. Your tutor will begin by setting British politics within its current Brexit context. The course will then progress to constitutional change, modern leadership and whether Brexit is obscuring other issues. Does Boris Johnson's premiership indicate a step-change in...

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The Art of Rivalry and Friendship

The Art of Rivalry and Friendship

New for 2021

COURSE No. 198

TUTOR: Paul Chapman

For over 50 years, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, two giants of European art, worked with an ever-increasing knowledge of each other's creations. On this course, you will explore how their relationship fluctuated between rivalry and friendship. You will also consider how that relationship produced the unique artistic contributions that both men made to the 20th century.

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Lancastrians, Yorkists and the Emerging Tudors: England and its Rulers 1399 to 1509

Lancastrians, Yorkists and the Emerging Tudors: England and its Rulers 1399 to 1509

New for 2021

COURSE No. 199

TUTOR: Mark Cottle

Following Richard II's deposition by Henry IV in 1399, the Lancastrian kings were to rule England for the next 60 years. After the great successes of Henry V in the Hundred Years War, the failures of his son, Henry VI, precipitated the Wars of the Roses, the fall of the House of Lancaster and the successive reigns of the Yorkist Kings, Edward...

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John Stuart Mill: A Thinker for Our Times

John Stuart Mill: A Thinker for Our Times

COURSE No. 200

TUTOR: James Dickie

The life and writings of J.S. Mill, 1806 to 1873, are full of interest in their own right, yet also for the insight they give into the world of the Victorians. One aim of this course will be to outline the key moments of his life and to provide a context for the development of his ideas, which ranged over politics,...

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Art of America

Art of America

New for 2021

COURSE No. 201

TUTOR: Paul Chapman

How does America see itself? How do we see America? This course will take a detailed look at American Art and question what you can see and what you are shown. You will consider works by numerous artists, from the War of Independence to the present day. Each day, you will investigate a different topic, including the notion of nationhood, economics, race...

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Spying in Cold War East Germany

Spying in Cold War East Germany

COURSE No. 202

TUTOR: Peter Williams

For over four decades, Berlin was the focus of Cold War tension and the scene of an unending struggle as NATO and Warsaw Pact countries fought to discover each other's secrets. The tutor himself spent six years in Berlin as an intelligence officer, serving in BRIXMIS, the British liaison organisation that operated with, and against, its Soviet counterparts in the German Democratic...

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