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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Empires arose in the ancient Americas, as they did in the Old World and, just as in the Old World, were very diverse. Although their vivid histories were cut short as Spain tried to forge its own empire 500 years ago, the best-known examples are the Aztecs and Incas. Scholarly interpretations have varied markedly, but the Incas' mighty organisation was similar, in ways, to Old World empires. In contrast, the Aztecs' apparent reliance on terror was so flimsy that we can ask whether they were imperialists. Answers may depend on which evidence we select: administration, economics, propaganda … A lesson for studying any empire.



Who can book?

Our weekend courses are open to participants over the age of 18 and courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. No academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. Please ensure that you complete any required reading before the course starts to enable you to fully participate.

English language requirements

Teaching is in English (unless a foreign-language course). If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with ICE.

Accessibility and additional support for students 

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs. Please let us know about any additional requirements at the time of booking so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before and during your course(s).

You can also refer to our Further information for students with additional requirements section on our website.

COVID-19 Guidance

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Course dates

21 Jan 2022 to 23 Jan 2022

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

10 Jan 2022

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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