History Summer Programme

2016 History BR 200x155 72dpi

17 – 30 July 2016
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.


More information about the 2016 programme will be available in the coming months. Last year's programme information is listed below.

Academic programme

  • Four special subject courses
    (two per week)
  • Plenary course LM0:
  • Evening talks

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:

11.00am – 12.30pm

La1 - Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution
La2 - The American experience in Vietnam
La3 - Out of the ashes: post-war Europe, 1945-65
La4 - Heroes and villains: the Victorians and history
La5 - Revolutionary Russia

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Ma1 - France under the Occupation
Ma2 - Bloody Mary? The reign and reputation of Mary I
Ma3 - Louis XIV and the greatness of France
Ma4 - British America, from the Tudors to Independence
Ma5 - Cold War flashpoints

Week 2:

11.00am – 12.30pm

Lb1 - John Milton and the English Revolution
Lb2 - The reign of Henry VIII
Lb3 - Democracy in India, 1935-2002
Lb4 - Winston Churchill: the greatest Briton?
Lb5 - Surprise attacks from Pearl Harbor to 9/11

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Mb1 - The French Revolution
Mb2 - Elizabeth I: the Age of Gloriana?
Mb3 - The CIA in Cold War historical perspective
Mb4 - Kingdom and conquest: forging Protestant Ireland, 1540-1800
Mb5 - Naval warfare in the 20th century

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 Revolutions.

Evening talks

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

A typical day

On each weekday morning you attend a plenary lecture, followed by a class from your La or Lb special subject course. In the afternoons you attend a class from your Ma or Mb special subject course. Subject specific and joint lectures are offered in the evenings.

College accommodation

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.

Information for applicants

Programme calendar (Available in December)
Who can apply
How to apply
What happens next?
Programme options and fees (Available in December)
Language requirements
Booking terms and conditions


The quickest way to apply is by using our secure online booking system. You can also apply by downloading an application form (pdf) and sending it by post or fax.