About This Lesson
Sadly we are unable to provide our history classes online during lockdown but when we re-open, our next series of classes will be devoted to ‘The World in 1859’.
At its heart will be the publication in that year of four books:
John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty
Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species
Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing
Samuel Smiles’s Self-Help
Alan Hertz, our popular historian, will discuss with you, the significance of those texts in themselves, but will also set them in a complex global context. So other topics may include: the rise of Napoleon III in France and Giuseppe Garibaldi in Italy; India in the aftermath of the Great Mutiny; the United States on the verge of civil war; the construction of the Suez Canal, Big Ben, the Red House, the first underground railway, and the first oil well; the emergence of magazine journalism and war correspondence; the flush toilet, the Great Stink, and the transformation of London’s government.
Organiser / Instructor
Alan is Professor of Humanities and Head of Liberal Arts at Hult International Business School. He is American by birth and nationality, but grew up largely in India and Pakistan, and has lived in the UK since 1977. He studied at Yale and the University of Toronto, and obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is […]