Place: United Reformed Church, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AA. At present, lectures are via Zoom.
Day: Weekly on Thursdays.
Time: 2.00 pm
Cost: £13 for a 10 week course.
Speaker: Toby McLeod
Definitive meeting dates are displayed in the Monthly Programme.
Foreign History Group
Toby McLeod, our regular lecturer is running a lecture programme via Zoom for ten weeks from 7 January.
The cost to U3A members is £13 which should be paid to U3A by bank transfer to:
Account Name: Sutton Coldfield U 3 A
Bank : Lloyds TSB, Sutton Coldfield
Sort Code : 30-98-37
Account No.: 00997760
Ref: Toby FH
The sessions are more or less an hour in length as it's not reasonable or healthy to keep students sat in front of their screens for any longer! Each week a link for the lecture is forwarded to each registered and paid up student for them to click on ten minutes or so before the start of the session. Zoom will keep them in a waiting area and admit them when the talk starts. They will be muted during the talk but can open their mikes at the end if desired for a limited number of questions. They do not need to have their cameras on, in fact it's probably better if they don't! They should have the basic free version of Zoom installed on their PC, laptop or smartphone.
Toby and I hope that you are well and coping under the latest restrictions. Toby's course will cover modern China in the coming term in a format suitable for those without any specific prior knowledge or expertise as outlined below:
The subject for the lectures is "Introduction to the History of Modern China".
1. 19th Century China, the Opium War, Taiping Rebellion, Boxer Rebellion, and the end of the Qing Dynasty.
2. The Revolution and Warlord Era
3. The Kuomintang, Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Chang Kai-shek
4. Mao Tse-tung and the Communists
5. Japan and the War 1934-1945
6. The Communist Victory 1949
7. The Communists in Power
8. Post-Mao China
9. Crisis 1989
10. Contemporary China
Lectures will start on 7 January at 14:00 (2 pm) on Zoom, the invitation forwarded to attendees by myself in advance of each lecture.
In the meantime Toby and I wish you all a brighter New Year!
P.S. It would be useful for people to have a listen to the excellent BBC Radio 4 In Our Time broadcast on the Cultural Revolution on this link:
BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Cultural Revolution
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Mao's uprising against his own party from 1966-76
Anyone interested in participating who has not yet signed up can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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