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

University of Virginia via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject History
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 4-6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long

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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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Philip Zelikow

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4.8 Based on 24 reviews

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Toby S
5.0 2 years ago
Toby audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
An absorbing, enriching, and digestible take on history during a period of global transition from an agriculture-based world to one focused on industrialization. Finally, a course that puts worldwide events in context so that you know how the French revolution was connected to what was going on in Haiti, the US and Asia at the same time. The professor is exceptional, offering insight and information through a very friendly and intimate style.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Helga completed this course.
One of the best courses I've ever taken! 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. A pleasant course which I highly recommend!
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Clarice H
5.0 2 years ago
by Clarice audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a great introductory course. You don't require any previous knowledge, but even if you do have some prior history experience, the Professor gives very interesting examples. I also respect the fact that his views are very neutral regardless of the country he is explaining.
7 people found
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Eric G
5.0 4 years ago
Eric completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I completed this exceptional course twice. The professor has worked at the highest levels of government and diplomacy, inter alia, managing the 9/11 report. He is engaging and authoritative in presentation. His selection of material is superb
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Linda S
5.0 8 months ago
by Linda audited this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
If you are looking to bring your bits and pieces of historical knowledge together into a coherent whole, and understand the trends and interactions of this period of history, this is absolutely your course -- it's superb, and the professor is terrific. Also really helped me better understand the global world we are living in today. The course is accessible to a beginner, but may be overwhelming, and it really helps to come in with some exposure to the topic. As usual for a Coursera class, the discussion forum is hit-or-miss with weak participation, although there is an active moderator. (For a better discussion platform, try FutureLearn.) The quizzes are helpful -- there's a lot of learning here, and the quizzes help cement it.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course, and the follow up Part 2 course, are some of the most interesting courses I've ever taken. Prof Zelikow is a brilliant teacher with an incisive perspective on what can be overwhelmingly complex settings and situations. His ability to negotiate his way through the years from 1750 to the present day, and it make it come alive for us, assist us to see the threads running through modern human history. I've learned so much! And I am 65 years old and have followed politics and history all my adult life.
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Antoine C
5.0 a year ago
by Antoine completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Among the first MOOCs I followed . And among the best .The pace at the time was easy to follow without any switch/self-pace option . This overview of global history is almost unknown in french universities where History is taught from an european point of view . I wish I could learn more from Pr Zelikow .
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Raquel C
5.0 11 months ago
by Raquel audited this course.
I loved this course being history always one of my favorite subjects . The approach of Professor Zelikow is very engaging and much more interesting that the simple account of historical facts. It focuses on the why instead of the what happened in a very easy to follow manner. I'm already in my second round.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The class I have been waiting for : not focusing on a geographic part of the world, but showing interactions between all regions of the world. Great !
4 people found
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Sivananda R
4.0 2 years ago
Sivananda completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Interesting course, tries to give the big picture with a focus on context. Somewhat europe-centric.

Breadth - 4/5

Depth - 3/5

Quiz - 2/5

Overall Satisfaction - 4/5

Will I take Part 2? Defenitely.

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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It is a really well organized and interesting course. I highly recommend it.
3 people found
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Anne H
5.0 6 months ago
by Anne audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is a fabulous course! It's loaded with fascinating European and New World History, expertly presented by the Professor. He brings the material to life by presenting it in an engaging and organized way. This period was loaded with huge developments and transitions, many of which provided the underpinnings of our current cultures. It is a "must-do" class if you enjoy history and are curious, and the presentation is terrific. Thank you, Anne
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5.0 2 years ago
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Aana A
4.0 3 years ago
Aana completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
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