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The Modern World, Part One

This is a survey of modern history from a global perspective. Part One begins with the political and economic revolutions of the late 1700s and tracks the transformation of the world during the 1800s. Part One concludes as these bewildering changes seem to be running beyond the capacity of older institutions to handle them. Throughout the course we try to grasp what is happening and ask: Why? And the answers often turn on very human choices.
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Rating 4.7 based on 398 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
Starts Mar 8 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Virginia via Coursera
Instructor Philip Zelikow
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities Art & Design
Tags Social Sciences History Governance And Society Arts And Humanities

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so much

I've learned so much!

So much occurs before and around an event that it is sometimes easy to jump to incorrect conclusions.

Learnt so much.

Learnt so much, and gained a better appreciation of not just knowing what happened, but analysing the set of options available to individuals at that time to understand why history happened the way it did.

In fact, I can't remember when I got so much out of such a modest purchase!

Thank you so much, I have learned a lot This was great.

Thank you so much :) Excelent course!

It helps a lot undestand the present world Overall good class--instructor is lively and engaging Very interesting and intriguing, quizzes are a bit hard because they cover so much material so if you are a working individual I feel it's almost impossible to accomplish but it's nice for general knowledge.Two notes-First, it would be nice if the professor wouldn't use "get yourself comfortable" in the beginning of EACH video - it is a bit annoying.Second, on quizzes & tests it's recommended that you omit the sentence "in the presentation" that starts EVERY question/quizz/test because obviously it is based on what we are presented in the videos so it's just time consuming, in my opinion.Besides that, great for general knowledge, awesome teacher, I really enjoyed this course, thank you!

Thanks you so much.

Looking forward to the second part Interesting and well presented.Why questions are so much more important than what.

This course made my teaching of World History so much better!

History has never been so much fun.

Thank you so much.

it's very hard and useful course It was a truly amazing course that allowed me to learn so much about the period between 1760 and 1910, gave excelent insight to how people though and understood the world at that time and refueled my interest in modern history.

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recommend this course

He really sets the bar for online presentation, and I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who is interested in world history.

I highly recommend this course to anyone who loves history and wants a different perspective or anyone who wants to know more or wants to pull together the facts they've had swimming around in their head for years!

Overall I would thoroughly recommend this course: I'm not sure I've ever spent €46 so well.

I thoroughly recommend this course.

I would recommend this course everyone, but especially folks who find history to be a dry, dusty thing, as he breathes life into the material.

I highly recommend this course.

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modern world

Amazing teacher and how relates everything so easy and pleasant, thanks Elegantly composed, clearly articulated, brilliant analysis of modern world history from a primarily political aka "diplomatic history" perspective.

The best Modern World History course.

Excellent course, very complete and insightful I loved attending the Modern World, Part one course.I have been a student of history all my life but i learnt a lot during the course.I would like to take up other history courses time permitting in futureThanks I liked the course so much, I have already enrolled in the second half.

An excellent course that provides a thorough overview of the changes that lead to the formation of the Modern World.

Shows the political evolution from a Feudal System until we have a Modern World that starts changing very fast through scientific knowledge, and the struggle from imperialism to democratic societies, to dictatorships, military goverments.

Professor Zelikow takes the entire world and gives us a clear and sometimes surprising story of the modern world.

good comparative study This is an excellent overview of the the History of the Modern World.

To me "The Modern World, Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910" is time demanding course.

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very good course

Very good course.

Very good course, presented in a very informative, attractive and interesting way.

Very good course - ties many disparate threads together to make a cogent explanation of how and why the modern world came to be.

History suddenly seems full of fun and power Very good course on modern history.

I can´t wait to begin Part 2 This is a very good course with one of the greatest teachers I have ever seen.

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big picture

Interesting course, tries to give the big picture with a focus on context.

Engaging professor who alternates well between zooming in and keeping the big picture.

Even though he takes a while to warm up, he's really good at showing the big picture connections of why things happened.

He gives a wonderfully refreshing "Big picture" view during this period of time.

Gives you the big picture on history and also offers an insight in the decision making that shaped world history.

Also it offers a big picture, focusing not only on Western history, but on China, Africa, India, Japan, Latin America and the Muslim world.

Inspired by the big picture nicely threaded together.

muy bueno erudition big picture connecting 'civilizations' There is much to praise: nice mapwork, a steady and organized march through time, and some interesting case studies (I especially enjoyed the lecture on Henry Adams).

I love Professor Zelikow's way of teaching, he really draws the big picture of the global history and helps me to understand not only on what happened, but also why that happened.

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philip zelikow

Professor Philip Zelikow is very nice and an extremely competent authority who teaches History in a way that makes you want to know more and more about World events of the last centuries.

Philip Zelikow is an excellent professor whose extensive experience as a US diplomat certainly comes through.

Philip Zelikow you are really a great teacher!

I think Professor Philip Zelikow is a charismatic speaker.

Dr. Philip Zelikow was really thorough and amicable in the way he lectures.

Thanks for the opportunity.... An absolutely complete and rich course carefully prepared by Professor Philip Zelikow.

Philip Zelikow is a very good storyteller, who teaches you how to ask questions around these historical events.

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No se menciono nada de la gran inflación que se desató en Europa por el oro Español.

excelente curso para tener un conocimiento amplio sobre los hechos y procesos históricos entre 1760 y 1910. el tutor estudia casos puntuales los cuales permiten tener un acercamiento mucho mas enriquecedor a algunos países que fueron importantes para el proceso histórico e inicio de la modernidad en algunos territorios europeos y del mundo.

Excelente, Ahora se mas historia de la que sabia I found the course to be well structured, and striking an appropriate balance between insight and detail.Well done.

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highly recommended

Highly recommended.

Highly recommended as a course to get an overview on what was happening in the 2 plus centuries this course covers.

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la historia

Una excelente síntesis de la historia .

Como latinoamericano extrañe que no se menciona nada de la historia de la independencia y del poderío español en esa época.

El único pero que le pondría es que no profundiza demasiado en la historia de Latinoamérica, se centra en algunos países en específico lo que hace que se pierdan algunas cosas que me gustaría conocer más a fondo.

excellent Considero que la explicación del Profesor Philip Zelikow es genial y aporta elementos muy claros y claves sobre la historia moderna.

Hay que corregir los quizes porque realizan preguntas que no corresponden a la semana (a veces se pregunta sobre temas que no se han visto) pero es genial, recomendadísimo para los amantes de la historia.

only need improvement regarding the test question's nature Un gran análisis de la historia moderna que nos lleva a volver a verla de manera global.

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Rating 4.7 based on 398 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
Starts Mar 8 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Virginia via Coursera
Instructor Philip Zelikow
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities Art & Design
Tags Social Sciences History Governance And Society Arts And Humanities

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