Zooming through the past – Season 3

A third series of lectures from the MANCENT history and literature tutors, delivered through the online conference facility Zoom (https://zoom.us/)

Tuesdays: 5 sessions
Dates: from 28th July to 25th August 2020   Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm

Wednesdays: 5 sessions
Dates:  from 29th July to 26th August 2020   Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm

Tuesday series:

Session 1:  28th July – Churchill: For and Against

  • Kevin Harrison: His “Finest Hour”: Churchill Becomes PM (May 1940)
  • Alan Sennett: Churchill as racist-imperialist. A critical view.

Session 2: 4th August

  • Tim Cockitt: The Battle of Britain
  • Alan Sennett: Myths of 1940

Session 3: 11th August

  • Andrew Jones: The Manhattan Project
  • Martin Jervis: Truman and the atomic bomb

Session 4: 18th August

  • Tim Cockitt: War underground, Verdun and the Maginot Line
  • Creina Mansfield: The cu chi tunnels in Vietnam

Session 5: 25th August

  • Birgitta Hoffmann: The history and architecture of Fort EbenEmael
  • Steve Millward: Songs of Resistance

Wednesday series

Session 1: 29th July

  • Birgitta Hoffmann: Slavery in the Ancient World
  • Kevin Harrison: Atlantic slavery & the ZongSlave ship case (1781-83)

Session 2: 5th August

  • Creina Mansfield: The virtue of disloyalty
  • Martin Jervis: MI6

Session 3: 12th August

  • Birgitta Hoffmann: The White Rose resistance in Nazi Germany
  • Creina Mansfield: Hans Fallader’s Alone in Berlin (1947)

Session 4: 19th August

  • Andrew Jones: Why the North won the American Civil War
  • Steve Millward: Music of the American Civil War

Session 5: 26th August

  • Tim Cockitt: Historical Tourism, with particular reference to visiting battlefields, and Dark Tourism (but no gruesome pictures).
  • Kevin Harrison: Native Americans in the US Civil War


Virtual Learning Platform:   ZOOM

Price per Session: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£5 n/a 4 60

Price for the Series: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£25 4 60


Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£25 4 60


We are running this on the same basis as previous series.  If you are already on our mailing list there is no need for you to let us know, since we will just treat it as a continuation of the existing ZTP course.

If you have not attended the previous ZTP series, then please email Alan Sennett: a.sennett@open.ac.uk

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