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European History

Meeting Details

Meeting DayFriday
LocationAbbot Hall Social Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Fieke Harteveld and Mike Howse

What we do

The first meeting of this new group was on 11 June 2009 and we decided to start by studying France - since then we have moved on to other countries, including Spain and Russia.

The idea is that one or two members prepare a talk, not necessary with a PowerPoint presentation. Members can also just read aloud what they have found in books, on the internet and other sources.
It will be much appreciated if there is a summary with the facts available for the members after the talk to take home. This will keep members (also new ones) up to date with what we have done so far.


November 2017

We have begun to unravel the divisions and disunity of the Italian Peninsula following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.

Today Phillip gave a fascinating presentation of the rise of the Papal States - as much theology as history. Julia then gave an illuminating account of the life of St Francis of Assisi.

Unfortunately the group remains full but if anyone would like to join please contact me or Fieke and we will let you know if anyone leaves.

July 2017

We’ve had our last meeting for this year in which we rounded off two years of study of Irish History with a discussion about the ‘Celtic Tiger’ and problems within the Catholic Church in the Republic, together with the precarious ending of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland following the signing of the ‘Good Friday’ Agreement.

We then had our annual summer lunch at a member’s house.

We start again on September 7th - meeting as usual at the Abbott Hall Social Centre. We will be looking at the history of Italy, starting after the fall of the Roman Empire and continuing, over the next 2 years, up to modern times.

March 2017

We are now almost on the last lap of looking at the History of Ireland. Our next meeting on 7 April will be about the events of the 1950s and 60s in both the Republic and Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’.

A group of us – thanks to Ryanair’s cheap seasonal flights – had a day trip to Dublin in February. It was a successful mixture of history, high and low culture and of course a pub which serves Guinness.

By June we will have covered the century up to 2017. Then we will decide which is the new country for next year.

New members are very welcome.

November 2016

We are in our second and final year of Irish History so at our next meeting on November 11th two of the group will be talking about Parnell, Gladstone, the rise of the Home Rule Movement and of Ulster Unionism in the late Victorian and early 20th century.

By June we should have covered all modern Irish History up to the present.

Our group was full in September but we now have room for, and would welcome, new members.

If anybody would like to join please contact Mike Howse. 

2017 Meetings - 13 Jan; 10 Feb; 10 Mar; 7 Apr


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