Full course description
From the fifteenth century a handful of nations on the western edge of Europe spread out across the oceans and came in the end to dominate the world. They set out to spread the word of God, and to enslave whole populations; to build a new paradise, and to plant their country's flag on ground too bleak and hostile for their countrymen ever to inhabit. They were motivated by piety and by greed and by simple curiosity, and in journeying into a world at first known only in legends, they created legends enough of their own. These eight lectures examine how Europeans envisioned the world, and then, for good and ill, remade it by famous and infamous endeavours spanning five hundred years.
In one respect this is a history of the world, and while it is unashamedly one-sided in its European perspective, the past five centuries have, if effect, been the history of a world shaped by European influences. In another respect, although they do not shy away from the more distasteful aspects of imperial history, these are tales of derring-do in lands across the seas. This is history, but it is history with the enduring appeal of adventure stories.
Classes will be delivered online on Tuesdays 7-9pm for eight weeks from 26 January to 16 March.
John Ware is a part-time lecturer in the UCC School of History and ACE (Adult Continuing Education). He specialises in medieval history, particularly the Crusades; and in military history, particularly the First World War. The course is a series of eight two-hour lectures, with handouts supplied as necessary.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.
Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.
Closing Date for Application
Monday 18 January
Contact Details for Further Information
Regina Sexton, Phone: 021-4904700, Email: email@example.com