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The Modern World, Part One

Global History from 1760 to 1910

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 363 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (4 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 in 17 reviews

I've learned so much!

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

Very enjoyable course, will definitely be taking Part 2 Illuminating course to help understand how the world got to be the way it is today and frankly to help understand the whys and hows the Western world dominated so much during this period.

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!

modern world in 9 reviews

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.

I'm really enjoying learning Modern World History.

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.

big picture in 8 reviews

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.

I liked the way it pulled together so many different ideas and referred to places all over the world, giving the big picture as well as a fair amount of illustrative detail.

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.

recommend this course in 7 reviews

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!

I recommend this course to those, who love world history, aren’t idle and are ready watching approximately two hours video-lectures and doing quizzes per week, each consisting of 20 questions.

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.

philip zelikow in 7 reviews

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 is the best!

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.

very good course in 6 reviews

Very good course.

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

Very good course and analysis of the period An important explanation of how the world transitioned to the modern, with its benefits and disadvantages.

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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Rating 4.7 based on 363 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (4 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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