Victorian England – Waterloo to WWI

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Victorian England

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(Mon-Fri, 10AM-6PM)

Victorian England is a 30-week course (fall, winter, and spring). The Victorian era is defined by the 63-year reign of Victoria, from her accession in 1837 to her death on 22 January 1901—a long period of peace, prosperity, and national self-confidence for the island nation. And then in August of 1914 the complacency and satisfaction blew up — the guns of August exploded. Starting in the Fall Quarter, we will go back to the roots of the Victorian era in the late 18th century: the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. We will then follow the British Empire throughout the 19th century, and end our year with a detailed look at how England and all of Europe fell into the terrible nightmare of World War I. Along the way, we’ll meet a fascinating cast of characters: Victoria, of course — but also Prince Albert and their eldest son, Edward VI; Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin, William Morris, John Constable, and many others!

(For more information, please see the class syllabus.)

Join us for a trip back in time to the
halcyon days of the 19th century and the
British Empire, upon which the sun never set!

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Monday evenings, 7:00 to 9:30PM

Fall Quarter, 10 sessions: OCT 2 through DEC 11
(no class NOV 20)

Winter Quarter: 10 sessions: JAN 8 through MAR 12

Spring Quarter: 10 sessions: APR 2 through JUN 4

Tuition: $345 per quarter


Please call 408-864-4060
to get on the wait list

(Mon-Fri, 10AM-6PM)


Dr. William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, and one of Silicon Valley’s most popular lecturers, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.


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