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by Dr Alan Sennett
Europe in the Age of Imperialism (1870-1914)
Andrew Jones, Martin Jervis, Chris Makepeace, Alan Sennett
Emmanuel Church, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6TR (near the junction with Wilmslow Road)
Wednesdays 13.30 - 15.30, eight meetings from 7th October 2009
Course outline. Major topics will include the Third French Republic; the final decades of Tsarist Russia & Germany under Bismarck
and Kaiser William II. We shall also consider the rise of the Socialist movement in Europe. Focussing on Manchester,
we shall look at the development of engineering and the construction of the Ship Canal.
Recommended reading: James Joll, Europe since 1870. Penguin Books.
Booking: To book, please ring Andrew Jones (0161 491 2874) and then pay on the day.
The Soviet Union on Film: Cinema, Politics and Society, 1917-1945
Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS
Tuesdays, 10.30 -12.30, ten meetings from 6th October 2009
Course outline. Lenin said that cinema was "the most important of all the arts". This ten week course looks at politics and society
in the Soviet Union from the Revolution to World War Two using illustrations from Russian cinema. We make use of clips of from
documentary and feature films, including the work of the masters of Russian cinema, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Dovzhenko, and Vertov.
How did they capture Russia in revolution and promote an image of the revolutionary new society? Can we trace the trauma and
ultimate betrayal of this revolutionary dream through the history of Russian cinema of the 1930s and 1940s? How did Soviet film
propaganda work throughout this period? Why were revolutionary artists often victims of Stalin's purges and how did some offer
resistance through art? Recommended reading: Robert Service, The Russian Revolution, 1900-1927 [Third Edition]. Palgrave 1999.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided by Friends Meeting House at a cost of 90p per week.
Booking: Send bookings by 9th June to: Dr Alan Sennett, Flat 5, 36 Oak Road, Withington, Manchester, M20 3DA
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