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From mystery to history, William Tyler MBE explores this intriguing region.

The Himalayas was for centuries an area unknown to the West, comprising parts of the modern states of India, Pakistan, China, Bhutan, and Nepal. It is a place full of vibrant cultures and gripping history, conflicting religions and lurking violence.

Although the region may be far away from us, its fascination never fails to excite, from the climbing of Mount Everest to the fabled Shangri-La, and today it has become a potential flashpoint in ‘The New Great Game’, a ‘game’ played out for centuries at the top of the world.

William Tyler MBE has a large following at JW3, he is a freelance educator, lecturer, public speaker, writer and consultant with a main focus on History. He was the Principal of The City Lit, Britain’s largest college of adult education. He was his awarded his MBE for services to education. During lockdown William created a much followed blog for those attending his sessions.

Week 1: 7th October: General Introduction: The Himalayas

Week 2: 14th October: Early History: The Mongols and More

Week 3: 21st October: Western ‘discovery’ of the region

28th October: No class

Week 4: 4th November: British Imperial Expansion

Week 5: 11th November: Sikkim: A Case Study

Week 6: 18th November: Nepal: Gurkhas and More

Week 7: 25th November: On the Fringe: Tibet, 1903 - Present Day

Week 8: 2nd December: The Modernisation of the Region

Week 9: 9th December: The ‘New Great Game’: CIA and More

Week 10: 16th December: Today and Tomorrow, with a study of Kashmir Conflict

NB: This series will take place both in the building and online. To watch online, click the "Book Now" button on this page. To attend in person, click the button below.

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A Zoom link to join this series will be included in the confirmation email upon booking. 

This series will take place both in the building and online. To watch online, click the "Book Now" button on this page. To attend in person, click the button below.

There will be no class on 28 October.

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£10 per session or £90 for the course

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