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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course is part of the International Summer Programme 2023.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

Brutal despotism or world's first welfare state — why does interpretation vary so widely? The Incas' systematic administrative and economic structures are all the more striking in view of the Andes' extremely varied terrain. New archaeological discoveries are confirming that it was an era of fundamental change but, by suggesting that Inca imperialism began in the early 1400s — a generation earlier than normally assumed — the history, up to the Spanish Conquest of 1532, is becoming easier to understand. Archaeology is also refining — and clarifying — our appreciation of what caused the Inca empire and of its effects on diverse and far-flung subjects.


Course dates

09 Jul 2023 to 15 Jul 2023

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

25 Jun 2023

Course director


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code