Online course: The Modern World, Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910

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Duration: 15 hours

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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.




WEEK 1: 2 hours to complete

From the Traditional to the Modern – Commercial and Military Revolutions (1760-1800)

The Study of History
The Great Divide
The Traditional and the Modern
The Great Divide-Why?
The World of 1760
The Commercial Revolution
The Military Revolution
Introverts and Extroverts
The Fates of India and North America

WEEK 2: 2 hours to complete

Democratic Revolutions of the Atlantic World (1760-1800)

The Diffusion of Authority
Democratic Revolutions
These United States
Liberty and Common Sense
The French Revolution
The French Republic
The World’s Revolution

WEEK 3: 2 hours to complete: Revolutionary Wars (1800-1830)

Lucky Americans
Napoleonic Wars
The End of Spanish America
New Republics and Empires in the Americas
The Tipping Point-India
The World of 1830

WEEK 4: 2 hours to complete: The World Transformed (1830-1870)

The Great Divergence-Why?
Engines, Electricity, Evolution
Harnessing the New Forces
The New Situation
The Islamic World Adapts
Breaking Open China and Japan

WEEK 5: 3 hours to complete: The Rise of National Industrial States (1830-1871)

To Build a Nation
The Global and the Local
The Zenith of Liberalism
A Liberal Rainbow
Enemies of Liberalism

WEEK 6: 2 hours to complete: The Rise of National Industrial Empires (1871-1900)

The Age of Imperialism
Tipping Points
Varieties of Imperialism
China in the Balance
The Wave Breaks

WEEK 7: 3 hours to complete: The Great Acceleration (1890-1910)

The Second Industrial Revolution
Modern Capitalism
The Dynamo and the Virgin
Modern Nation-States
Revolutionary Nation-States
Battle Lines
The Battles Begin
The Big Picture