History Summer School

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19 July – 1 August 2015
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

Applications for 2015 will open in December 2014 when the new programmes go live.

For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:

Academic programme

  • Four special subject courses
    (two per week)
  • Plenary course LM0:
    Heroes and Villains
  • Evening lectures

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.

For reference, the following courses ran in 2014:

Week 1:

11.00am – 12.30pm

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

2.00pm – 3.30pm

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

Week 2:

11.00am – 12.30pm

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

2.00pm – 3.30pm

- Kingdom and conquest: forging Protestant Ireland, 1540-1800
- The Jesus Wars: from the Enlightenment to Sacré-Coeur
- The dark years: occupied France 1940-44
- 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 Heroes and Villains.

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.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions


2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)

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.