Starts 11th May, 12.30-2.30pm, 5 Wednesdays, $52
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Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC but only appeared as a full nation state last century - its history is intermingled with its neighbours and the greater Slavic nation yet it has distinct, complex history with each of them, particularly Russia. Starting with the origins of the various native peoples, we will move through Ukraine's social and economic development , before ending with a discussion of the 20th and 21st century peace, alliances, and conflicts right up to the ongoing war. We will consider various historical claims being made, as well as events that continue to shape the modern conflict.
Michael Couch has been teaching community education courses for over a decade. With an academic background in Philosophy, Classical Studies, Education and History, he recently completed his PhD in the History of Philosophy of Education in New Zealand. He enjoys learning new topics, and incorporates passion and wry humour into all the courses he teaches.