History Summer School

HIST 2014 v1

20 July – 2 August 2014
Programme Director: Dr David Smith FRHistS

A team of eminent historians offer courses that cover a wide range of problems and themes in British, European and global history. You can choose courses that complement one another or you may wish to select ones that address the broadest possible historical period.

Who can apply?

Programmes are open to university students, professionals and those with other life experience; gap-year students preparing for university may also apply (students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under 18 when the programme commences). Participants must also meet our language requirements.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, first select the courses you wish to study from the list below.

Please download an application form and submit by fax or post. Online booking is now closed.

For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:

Academic programme

Special subject courses

Courses are led by members of the University’s Faculty of History and visiting academics. You may wish to attend courses which most obviously complement one another or you may make a selection which covers the broadest historical period possible.

Week 1 (20 – 26 July)
Group La: 11.00am – 12.30pm

La1 Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution
La2 Cold War flashpoints
La3 Europe and the birth of the great power system: c.1648-c.1815
La4 The reign of Henry VIII

Group Ma: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Ma1 Winston Churchill – the greatest Briton?
Ma2 Making and breaking the Soviet Union
Ma3 Deutschland Erwache: the rise and fall of Nazi Germany
Ma4 Britain in the Great War

Week 2 (27 July – 2 August)
Group Lb: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Lb1 The reign of Charles II, 1660-85
Lb2 The Protestant Reformation
Lb3 Surprise attacks from Pearl Harbor to 9/11
Lb4 Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion and the end of empire in Africa, 1952-60

Group Mb: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Mb1 Kingdom and conquest: forging Protestant Ireland, 1540-1800
Mb2 The Jesus Wars: from the Enlightenment to Sacré-Coeur
Mb3 The dark years: occupied France 1940-44
Mb4 The British Empire in the Great War

Plenary lectures

Each year, eminent historians from the University of Cambridge and beyond are invited to contribute plenary lectures related to a chosen theme. The theme of this year’s morning plenary lectures is International Relations. Collectively, the lecturers will examine how nations have interacted in both war and peace, drawing on a wide range of historical examples chosen from various periods and different parts of the world. They will explore the nature of such relationships and how and why they have often proved so problematic.

Evening lectures

Additional general evening lectures will add to your enjoyment of the programme.


Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Programme fees

Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.

Click here to see the options available.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions


2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)
Application form as a PDF (113KB)

Contact us

University of Cambridge
International Programmes
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848
Email: intenq@ice.cam.ac.uk


Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.