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HIST:727 Battle for Fallujah09/15-09/15  

In the fall of 2004, the U.S. Marines and Army recaptured the city of Fallujah in Iraq. This class will cover the entire campaign. This will include the events leading up to this, including the first battle, the campaign to isolate the city and the planning and execution of Operation Phantom Fury itself. We will also cover the impact the battle had for OIF as a whole. The instructor participated in this 21st century U.S. military battle and will provide a first-person account along with historical insights. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70046
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-09/15
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Catholic Counter-Reformation (1563)10/28-10/28  

This class will focus on the political, economic, social and religious life of the Christian communities 46 years after October 31, 1517.  We will study the decrees of the Council of Trent (1563) and the role of the Papacy in Rome (Pope Pius VI) and its answers to the reformers. Some of these answers concerned the issues of transubstantiation (Eucharist), the clergy, baptism, salvation, predestination, the mass and sacraments. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70074
  • Meeting Dates= 10/28-10/28
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Dawn of the Protestant Reformation10/07-10/07  

This class will look, through Medieval glasses, at the political, economic, social and religious life of the Christian community in Europe under the Papacy in Rome (Pope Alexander VI - 1492-1503). A few of the highlights will include: the powers of the popes (particularly Gregory VIII, Innocent III, Boniface VIII and Alexander VI], church-state relations in Western Europe, the Schism of 1054 and issues facing the Church of Rome at the time. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70071
  • Meeting Dates= 10/07-10/07
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 ISIS: The Islamic State10/05-10/05  

Choosing the correct acronym with which to address this group is the least of the West's problems. This radical Islamist organization has terrorized the Middle East and the world with its brutal tactics, severe ideology and nearly mystical ability to conquer territory. What drives this group's maniacal quest to reestablish the caliphate? Why is it working? Could it succeed in the long term? Who is paying for this? Join us to dissect the inner workings, objectives, material advantages and misguided platform of the organization we call ISIS, as we strive to understand this new black flag hanging over the perennially troubled Middle East. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70217
  • Meeting Dates= 10/05-10/05
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Napoleonic Wars09/23-09/23  

The wars of Napoleon dominated European history for over 20 years. In this examination of his principle battles and campaigns, you'll learn how Napoleon was successful and why he is considered a military genius. It can be said that only his ambition exceeded his genius. Learn how his military principles are still applicable today and why he was considered a military genius. This class will cover his beginnings in the French Revolution, his rise to fame in Italy, his crowning achievement at Austerlitz and other victories. We will cover his disasters in Spain, Russia and where he met his Waterloo. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70233
  • Meeting Dates= 09/23-09/23
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 Normandy Invasion: The German Perspective09/22-09/22  

Operation Overlord is a well-known, much discussed, and highly documented battle, from the Allied perspective. But what about the defenders? What was the German overall plan? What types of soldiers were manning the defenses? This class will cover the invasion from the German perspective, covering what their plan was and how they reacted to the surprise at Normandy, the paratrooper landings and the dominant Allied air cover. The story of this battle has amazing new insights when seen from the enemy's eyes. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70047
  • Meeting Dates= 09/22-09/22
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Our Inner Barbarian: The Cultural Origins of Europe10/12-10/12  

The Romans referred to nomadic peoples as "barbarians." Historians usually speak of them in reference to the "fall" of the Roman Empire. In the final analysis, they were the people whose descendants created Western Europe. This class will examine some of these peoples and how they contributed to the various cultures/nations of contemporary Europe. We will begin with the Celtic peoples before Julius Caesar, continue with the Germanic tribes that displaced the Roman Empire and end with the Vikings that raided and settled in various parts of Europe. Is it possible there might be some barbarians lurking in your family tree? Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70041
  • Meeting Dates= 10/12-10/12
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Timothy Hetrick
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Protestant Reformation Continues: Early 16th Century10/21-10/21  

This class will focus on two additional reformers (Elizabeth I of England, Mennon Simon) and their ideas to reform Christianity that further challenged the Papacy in Rome. We will study Queen Elizabeth's middle road theory regarding Christianity, the 39 Articles in 1563, the Book of Common Prayer, the Bible in English and the establishment of the Church of England under the crown. Also included will be Simon's radical views of Christianity like his rejection of all war, tithing, clergy celibacy and fasting. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70073
  • Meeting Dates= 10/21-10/21
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Start of the Protestant Reformation10/14-10/14  

This class will focus on three reformers (Luther, Calvin, Zwingli) and their ideas from 1517 to 1561 that proposed changes to many dogmatic beliefs held by the Papacy in Rome. Some highlights we will focus on are Luther's issues on sale of indulgences, his 95 Theses, his trial and ex-communication at the Imperial Diet of Worms in 1521, the Bible in German and the Augsburg Confession of 1530. Also highlighted will be Calvin's theory of "The Elect" and public morality and Zwingli's theory on the Eucharist and baptism. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70072
  • Meeting Dates= 10/14-10/14
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:704 The American Revolution: Taxation Without Representation10/15-10/15  

Running an empire can be an expensive business, but how you go about generating revenue can lead to trouble, including loss of said empire. This class will examine British policy towards her North American colonies from the Trade and Navigation Act of 1652 through the Coercive Acts of 1774, focus on why these laws came into being and how they impacted life in the colonies.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70227
  • Meeting Dates= 10/15-10/15
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 The First of the Confederacy (1861)09/17-09/17  

Why did eleven slave-states decide to leave the Union while four other slave-states (like Missouri) decide not to leave? You'll get the answer to this, plus insight into why the Confederacy moved their capitol to Richmond almost immediately. Have you wondered how the Confederacy ever thought they could defeat the U.S. army? Rarely discussed is what might have been done through the Knights of the Golden Circle if they had won their independence. Perhaps following the Golden Circle would have brought about a much wider war? The Confederacy's new Constitution promised a continuance of slavery without end. Hundreds of political leaders, religious leaders and ordinary people made their choice in favor of the Confederacy. Come study the era to understand why.Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70009
  • Meeting Dates= 09/17-09/17
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 The French Revolution Part I: Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite09/14-09/14  

How did the French monarch, from the throne that was once the paragon of European absolutism, fall victim to the intense animosity and brutal "justice" of his own subjects? Why did a seemingly stable state descend into a revolution so violent, abrupt and powerful as to revoke the authority of the Catholic Church, abolish traditional titles and privileges and dramatically reconfigure centuries-old social, political and economic structures? This course will examine the beginning stage of the Revolution from perspective of each segment of French society, as it fought to preserve or revoke the bounds of the Ancient Regime. It will discuss the long-term, intermediate-term and proximal causes of the French Revolution. Please join us in uncovering the intrigue, tragedy, passion and progress of this exciting but tumultuous period. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70043
  • Meeting Dates= 09/14-09/14
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The French Revolution Part II: Zut Alors!!09/21-09/21  

How did the revolution in France affect contemporary Europe? What was the Reign of Terror? Why did it remove so many of France's most important and well-coiffed heads? Sacre bleu! This ambitious course will examine the motives, stages, objectives, and key events associated with the French Revolution. It will attempt to determine whether the Revolution in any measurable way improved the lives of the people it affected and set the stage for another round of autocratic rule. Join us for an encounter with some of the most nefarious characters in European History and, if popular demand requires it, a spontaneous rendition of La Marseillaise. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70044
  • Meeting Dates= 09/21-09/21
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The French Revolution Part III: Le Nouveau Monde09/28-09/28  

Was Napoleon a villain or a hero? Why did the French people support him? Did the Revolution succeed? The series finale will feature an all-out war on the continent, Napoleon's rise and fall, and the new Europe that emerged in his wake. Join us for the dramatic conclusion to the French Revolution. Its end arguably heralded that which we call, "Modern Europe," and created a new great power dynamic. And although most of the changes that characterized revolutionary France will have, by this point, unraveled, the spirit will endure. What is left after Napoleon may surprise you.. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70045
  • Meeting Dates= 09/28-09/28
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 The Last of the Confederacy (1865)09/24-09/24  

Political and military power in the Confederate States of America was failing badly in 1865 after four long, hard years of war. Everyone's high hopes had been dashed. Only Confederate President Jefferson Davis still dreamed of a victory against the Union. You'll hear eye-witness accounts of ordinary people and the voices of clergymen and soldiers as they told of their troubles and feelings during the last few weeks of the war. Several factors brought down the Confederacy and we'll consider each of them. Then, we'll take a look at what happened to the slaves who were freed.Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70010
  • Meeting Dates= 09/24-09/24
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 The Palestinian Position - Part I09/09-09/09  

Opinions regarding the causes of the current status of the Palestinian people abound. So do those offering potential solutions to their statelessness, opportunity deficit, and relative lack of control over their political and economic future. This class will discuss the present position of the Palestinian people. It will examine conditions in Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinian rights under Israeli law, the role of the Palestinians in Arab society, the diaspora and the refugee crisis. We will evaluate various plans for and efforts toward Palestinian statehood, arguments that challenge the plausibility of "Palestine" and prospects for Palestinian development. Please join us to examine the present state of the Palestinian people and their hopes for a settled, prosperous, sovereign future. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70215
  • Meeting Dates= 09/09-09/09
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Palestinian Position - Part II: The Future State of Palestine10/07-10/07  

Hamas. Refugees. Jerusalem. Unemployment. Population growth. Shaping a new Palestine will not be easy. This course will examine the current state and origins of Palestinian society, politics and the economy. It will consider factors that have thus far inhibited Palestinian statehood, steps toward statehood that are underway or in the planning stages and the regional implications of such an arrangement. Though aspects of this course regarding events still unfolding and an uncertain future will require a degree of conjecture, it is committed to revealing the known, relevant facts. Please join us to envision a world that includes a Palestinian state. Do not be afraid to bring your reservations and questions regarding, or, Inshallah, solutions to this complicated, emotionally-charged issue. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70075
  • Meeting Dates= 10/07-10/07
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:701 The Pony Express: America's Most Famous Mail Service09/10-09/10  

Opening just before the start of the Civil War, the Pony Express connected the East with the West as never before. This new mail service was so much faster than stage coaches. Here is a story of American bravery, bravado and risk-taking right out of the Old West. Mail delivery from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento California took only 10 days! That was remarkable and so were the young riders. Hear what you might have earned if you had been there to apply for a job. There are a lot of myths, tall tales and misunderstandings about the Pony Express -- this class will set the record straight! Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70008
  • Meeting Dates= 09/10-09/10
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 The Republic of Turkey (post-1923)10/27-10/27  

This class will focus on the modern nation of Turkey that was born in 1923 as a secular republic and her role today as an ally of the U.S. in the Middle East. A few of the highlights will include: Young Turks (especially Mustafa Kemal called 'Ataturk') and the Constitution of 1923, relations with Iraq, Turkey's economy, its role in NATO and current government. Cost for adults 60 and over $11.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70070
  • Meeting Dates= 10/27-10/27
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Sunni/Shi'a Divide10/19-10/19  

Though the subject is abundantly more complex than the space of two hours can unravel, please join us to dampen our feet to the intricacies of the Sunni/Shi'a divide. Critical to our understanding of the Muslim world, classifying these two groups will require an examination of politics, geography, history, religion and culture. We'll explore the schism within Islam that created these groups, sources of and exceptions to their mutual hostility, the structural specifics of each and the impact of their rift on modern international relations. Our instructor will venture to explain the rules governing the use of the term "Shi'a" vs. that of "Shi'ite." Unveiling this essential component of intra-Islamic affairs will focus the lens through which we read a newspaper, study the problems of individual states and understand one of the root causes of conflict in the modern Middle East. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70218
  • Meeting Dates= 10/19-10/19
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:708 The Tale of Three Mary's: A German Immigrant Family Story10/08-10/08  

Three generations of women with the same first name -- all from the same German immigrant family -- are the focus of this historical presentation. This story tells of their passage through life which begins in a log cabin in rural Illinois near Redbud, in l859, and continues on in Missouri at a defining moment at the turn of the century. This fascinating tale is told by the great-grand-daughter of the second Mary, in the dress of that period. Join our storyteller in reliving the sojourns of the women as they battle hardships both in Illinois and later in St. Louis at the turn of the century. This tale has implications for the changing roles of woman for over 100 years. As you hear this tale, think of how you might also vividly retell your own family's stories.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70076
  • Meeting Dates= 10/08-10/08
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 The U.S. Government, the Plains Indians & the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868:A Pact 'with Reservations'10/26-10/26  

The expansion of territory and settlers westward in the post-Civil War era invited conflict with the tribes. This class will explore this major treaty and how it attempted to bring peace but only accelerated the conflict. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70094
  • Meeting Dates= 10/26-10/26
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 Turkey: The Ottoman Empire (pre-1923)10/13-10/13  

Tracing its origins to the Anatolia Peninsula in the 11th century, Turkey is located in both Europe and in Asia - a bridge between East and West. This class will focus on the history of the area from the 13th century to 1923 when it was the heart and soul of the Ottoman/Turkish Empire under 37 sultans. A few of the highlights will include: the Christian Crusades against the Ottoman Turks, areas taken by the Turks (especially the holy city of Mecca), relations with Persia (Iran today), the decline of its political power during the 19th century after losing 9 of 10 wars with Russia, conflicts with the Kurds and Armenians, the rise of the Young Turks and Turkey's role in World War I. Cost for adults 60 and over $11.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70069
  • Meeting Dates= 10/13-10/13
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:706 Vietnam: Conventional War or Guerilla Conflict?10/29-10/29  

Many people tend to think of the Vietnam War as a guerrilla conflict. However, in 1965 and 1966, Communist forces were willing to engage in large scale conventional battles. In this class we will examine those early fights and how they impacted the course of the conflict.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70228
  • Meeting Dates= 10/29-10/29
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 West Point: Prepared & Preparing for Civil War (1833-1866)10/21-10/21  

An overlooked fact about the Civil War was that most of the generals of North & South attended West Point: prepared by the same instructors, forged by the same discipline and formed in firm friendships. This class will explore the pre-Civil War military academy and how it developed these officers and men.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70093
  • Meeting Dates= 10/21-10/21
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 World War I (100 years ago) - 191509/24-09/24  

1915 was the year the Great War settled into the trenches, Australia earned its nationhood, Winston Churchill almost lost his career at Gallipoli, the Lusitania was sunk, poison gas first used, terrorism reached America and the war became a domestic political issue. Come spend an evening looking back a century at this significant second year of the Great War. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70035
  • Meeting Dates= 09/24-09/24
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  World War II (70 years ago) - 194510/08-10/08  

1945 was the year of Triumph and Tragedy, as Allied Forces finished the Battle of the Bulge and closed on Germany and Japan while statesmen charted a course for the post-war world. It saw the liberation of concentration camps, the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, kamikazes, conferences at Yalta and Potsdam, the sinking of the Indianapolis, and the dawns of the Atomic Age and the United Nations. Adolph Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt and Ernie Pyle died, Winston Churchill was defeated and the world learned about Harry Truman and took its first, tentative steps toward rebuilding. Spend an evening looking back at this year of monumental transitions. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70036
  • Meeting Dates= 10/08-10/08
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:731 Zulu Wars10/06-10/06  

The Zulu Nation was widely considered to have the best native military force in sub-Saharan Africa. The Zulus had built a large and powerful empire that was widely respected and feared. This class will explore why and how the British came into conflict with this nation. We will look at the two principle campaigns and their main battles. The effects of this conflict are still felt today in South Africa and at the time had wide ranging effects on the British Empire. The Zulu Wars are a fascinating examination of colonial warfare. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70048
  • Meeting Dates= 10/06-10/06
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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