Sutton Coldfield

Foreign History

Place: United Reformed Church, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AA. At present, lectures are via Zoom.
Day: Weekly on Thursdays.
Time: 2.00 pm
Cost: £10 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 will be running another lecture programme via Zoom for ten weeks from 15 April to 24 June with a half-term break on 20 May.

The cost to U3A members is £10 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 registered and paid up students 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, with vaccinations well under way and restrictions being lifted.

We are sure that this course will be of great interest to participants.

I'll confirm enrolment details before Easter.

Toby's course will be entitled: Imperial Sunset: Britain, Empire and Identity since 1914

Regards,

Colin.

15/4/21 to 24/6/21

What does it mean to be British and how is this affected by the country’s status as a post-colonial power? Contemporary debates over race, slavery and the commemoration of our imperial past ask difficult questions about British identity and our attitudes to the Commonwealth nations and our continental near-neighbours. British society is now comprised of many diverse communities, each with a special historical link to the nation. Constant news and social media coverage of protest and resistance often produces more heat than light and tends to obscure the historical realities of Britain and its relationship with its old Imperial and Colonial possessions. This topical and lively series of lectures addresses the thorny issue of how we got here and traces the ever-evolving relationship with what was a vast overseas empire on which ‘the sun never set’ since the First World War.

The list below gives a general idea of the topics that will be covered each week:

I. Imperialism Challenged 1914-1939

II. The Empire at War 1939-1947

III. The Winds of Change 1947-1967

IV. Post-colonial Britain and the Commonwealth 1967- c.1987

V. The Empire’s Growth and Decline

VI. Imperial Policy

VII. The Economy of Empire

VIII. The Impact of Empire on British Attitudes and Culture

IX. Indigenous People and British Rule

X. The Nature of Empire

Best Regards,

Toby

Lectures will start on 15 April at 14:00 (2 pm) on Zoom, the invitation forwarded to attendees by myself in advance of each lecture.

Please note that lectures will run from 15 April until 24 June, except for 20 May when Toby will be taking his customary half-term break to further his research for lectures 6 to 10.

In the meantime Toby and I wish you all a brighter Spring and Summer!

Anyone interested in participating who has not yet signed up can email me on c-little@tiscali.co.uk.

If you would like to learn more about this group, please send our organiser a message via the 'flying bird' icon at the top right hand side of this page (or at the foot of the page if viewing on a mobile device).

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