We are not historians, just interested in history. So many problems in the world today have their roots in the deep past. The group is co-operative, in that members each read about a subject – a person, a theme like trade, science, a country – and then present what they’ve learnt to the group. It may be 5 minutes, or an hour. The research is fun, and our experience to date shows that members, however inexperienced, talk with ease in this small, friendly group.We started with the early centuries AD: topics have included refugees, slavery, American civilisations, African nomads, Japan, Germans, Celts, the Silk Roads, and the early Church.
We’re now in the 18th century, when parts of the world are beginning to look modern. There are globalised trading links and new financial instruments. Steam, buttressed by science and technology, is beginning to power a new industrial age. There’s rebellion in North America and revolution in France. It’s a century of wars, slavery, famine and rebellions; but also of the novel, baroque and classical music, and Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Group members are already researching subjects which include gambling, the South Sea bubble, the East India Company, agricultural development, education and canals – things that interest each individual. Come and join us.
Group Convener: David Pashley
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The photos are of Krito, mourning the death of her mother, Timarista (c.410 BC); poor King Harold (1066); and Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner (1792-1892).