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

About this course: 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.

Created by:   University of Virginia

  • Philip Zelikow
    Taught by:    Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History
Commitment7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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From the Traditional to the Modern - Commercial and Military Revolutions (1760-1800)

9 videos
  1. Video: The Study of History
  2. Video: The Great Divide
  3. Video: The Traditional and the Modern
  4. Video: The Great Divide-Why?
  5. Video: The World of 1760
  6. Video: The Commercial Revolution
  7. Video: The Military Revolution
  8. Video: Introverts and Extroverts
  9. Video: The Fates of India and North America
Graded: Week One Quiz
Democratic Revolutions of the Atlantic World (1760-1800)

7 videos
  1. Video: The Diffusion of Authority
  2. Video: Democratic Revolutions
  3. Video: These United States
  4. Video: Liberty and Common Sense
  5. Video: The French Revolution
  6. Video: The French Republic
  7. Video: The World's Revolution
Graded: Week Two Quiz
Revolutionary Wars (1800-1830)

6 videos
  1. Video: Lucky Americans
  2. Video: Napoleonic Wars
  3. Video: The End of Spanish America
  4. Video: New Republics and Empires in the Americas
  5. Video: The Tipping Point-India
  6. Video: The World of 1830
Graded: Week Three Quiz
The World Transformed (1830-1870)

6 videos
  1. Video: The Great Divergence-Why?
  2. Video: Engines, Electricity, Evolution
  3. Video: Harnessing the New Forces
  4. Video: The New Situation
  5. Video: The Islamic World Adapts
  6. Video: Breaking Open China and Japan
Graded: Week Four Quiz
The Rise of National Industrial States (1830-1871)

5 videos
  1. Video: To Build a Nation
  2. Video: The Global and the Local
  3. Video: The Zenith of Liberalism
  4. Video: A Liberal Rainbow
  5. Video: Enemies of Liberalism
Graded: Week Five Quiz
The Rise of National Industrial Empires (1871-1900)

5 videos
  1. Video: The Age of Imperialism
  2. Video: Tipping Points
  3. Video: Varieties of Imperialism
  4. Video: China in the Balance
  5. Video: The Wave Breaks
Graded: Week Six Quiz
The Great Acceleration (1890-1910)

8 videos
  1. Video: The Second Industrial Revolution
  2. Video: Modern Capitalism
  3. Video: The Dynamo and the Virgin
  4. Video: Modern Nation-States
  5. Video: Revolutionary Nation-States
  6. Video: Battle Lines
  7. Video: The Battles Begin
  8. Video: The Big Picture
Graded: Week Seven Quiz
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