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History, Art History and Culture

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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Art of America

Art of America

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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Edwardian Britain

Edwardian Britain

COURSE No. 203

TUTOR: Cynthia Brown

The years between the death of Queen Victoria and the First World War, loosely defined as the Edwardian period, were some of the most eventful and formative in the history of modern Britain. On this course, you will explore issues such as unemployment and its relief, the Liberal response to the challenge of the Labour Party, militant suffragette campaigns for votes for...

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The Best Leaders We Never Had

The Best Leaders We Never Had

COURSE No. 204

TUTOR: Max Stafford

This course explores the 'could-have-beens' of history. Certain people seem set to be their nation's leader only to fall short. Tragedy, personal faults and the strange quirks of history all play their part. So, why did these people fail and what might history have been like, if they had succeeded? Case studies will include 'Rab' Butler, Al Gore, John Smith, Job Cohen...

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Between the Wars

Between the Wars

COURSE No. 205

TUTOR: Paul Chapman

The period between the First and Second World Wars was a highly productive one for the Arts in Britain. During this course, you will explore how various styles and ideas came together to produce a unique variation of modern painting. Realism, figurative painting, landscape, romanticism and surrealism were all explored and experimented with. Many great artists also explored the possibilities of collaboration with...

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The Amish: A Fascinating American Phenomenon

The Amish: A Fascinating American Phenomenon

COURSE No. 206

TUTOR: Frederique Green

The Amish! Horses, buggies and bonnets. What peculiar people! This course aims to give an overview of the Amish lifestyle. This pacifist Christian minority, born in Europe in the 17th century, has often been caricaturised in the media. Yet, their rich religious and cultural background deserves more than clichés. This course will endeavour to share the findings of experts about this intriguing population....

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State of Emergency

State of Emergency

New for 2021

COURSE No. 606

TUTOR: Max Stafford

On this course, you will form a Cabinet and be presented with a series of crisis scenarios. Sessions will be based around the idea of learning through doing, in this case, a simulation. Following an introduction to Cabinet government and emergency protocols at the beginning of the week, you will then work through a different crisis each day, including terrorist attacks, flooding...

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A Practical Approach to Animal Welfare

A Practical Approach to Animal Welfare

COURSE No. 610

TUTOR: Noel Sweeney

The UK is often said to be a nation of animal lovers. Whether that is true or not largely depends on how animals are treated and valued according to the law; an instrument of social justice that at best seeks to advance equality within society. Any legal protection granted to animals in relation to 'welfare' has a direct effect upon you,...

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Mankind versus the Planet

Mankind versus the Planet

New for 2021

COURSE No. 611

TUTOR: Alan Oliver

The Environmentalist might say that the human race is despoiling the planet but if you look at the history and geology of the planet since its creation, it is not always a one-way process. This course aims to provide a scientific background to some natural events, both geological and historical, that have affected the human race and the biosphere. You will...

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The Motor Car: A closer look at its History through five Manufacturers

The Motor Car: A closer look at its History through five Manufacturers

New for 2021

COURSE No. 616

TUTOR: Ted Hiscocks

Cars have been an integral part of our lives but how much do we really know about their development? This course will look in turn at the manufacturers Alvis, Bentley, Morgan, Morris and Renault and explore their early history and product development from the start of the 20th century. Each day, the course will begin with an illustrated introduction to the...

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