The Age of Uncertainty

Dr Mark Patton
A: Victoria Hall B: Online
A: Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm / B: Fridays 2.30pm – 4.30pm

A. Victoria Hall / Tuesdays
Summer term 2023: 18 April 2023 – 23 May (6 weeks)

B. Online / Fridays
Summer term 2023: 21 April – 26 May (6 weeks)

Members:  £72. Non-members: £90
Concessions: £10 (call the office 020 8340 3343)

The course will explore the social and cultural basis of civilisation in Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1934 to 2000. Drawing on historical and literary texts, architecture, material culture, music, and the visual arts, it will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of national, cultural, political, and religious identities.

"The specific focus, in the Summer Term, will be on the period from 1950 to 2000, including feminism & the sexual revolution; youth and pop culture; relationships between Europe and the Middle East (Israel, the Arab world, Iran, Turkey); the break-up of the Soviet Union; and the computing revolution

22 / Week 1
A Cancer Cell?” The Break-Up of the Soviet Union.

23 / Week 2
At the Price of Great Trials:” The Realignment of Eastern Europe.

24 / Week 3
Where Two Roads Diverge? Climate Change and the Environment.

25 / Week 4
A New Enthusiasm?” The Abrahamic Faiths in the Later 20th Century.

25a / Week 5
A World of Speculation:” What we Know Now that we did not Know in the Year 2000.

26 / Week 6
Places and Objects: Europe and the Mediterranean World, 35.000 BC – 2000 AD.