For much of the past five centuries, the history of the European continent has been a history of chaos, its civilization thrown into turmoil by ferocious wars or bitter religious conflicts - sometimes in combination - that have made and remade borders, created and eliminated entire nations, and left a legacy that is still influencing our world.
This 36-lecture series from an award-winning teacher and honored scholar pursues an explanation for this chaos that goes beyond the obvious ones of political ambition, religious intolerance, the pursuit of state power, or the fear of another state's aspirations. In pursuing that explanation, Professor Liulevicius offers everyone interested in the "why" of history a remarkable look into the evolution of the European continent and the modern state system. His provocative lectures allow us to peer through the revealing lens of statecraft to show us its impact on war, peace, and power and how that impact may well be felt in the future.
As you learn to examine key points on history's diplomatic timeline in the context of attempting to establish - successfully and not - a lasting idea of order in the European world, you'll begin to grasp the key Professor Liulevicius offers to understanding the dynamics of international politics. And you'll see how such key concepts as the balance of power, power itself, sovereignty, and "reason of state" - the raison d'état first enunciated by France's powerful Cardinal Richelieu - fit into those dynamics.
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Outstanding European History
Otto von Bismarck
He explains things very clearly, and makes the complex seem simple to understand.
This is one of the Great Courses by the Teaching Company. They're long, and involved. But if you really want to understand the subject, there are no better ways to learn.
I learned so much in this class. I knew the basics of what happened in history but this did a great job of telling why events unfolded in history and what the different perspectives were.
The class was well taught, and the narration never got bogged down
He seemed very Knowledgeable about the subject and made the class fun
No, the different lectures would be too much for one setting.
Though I enjoyed the overall tone and general themes, I found myself wanting more comprehensive detail, especially during the earlier lectures covering the pre-1815 era. The lectures would have benefited from a more narrow temporal focus in my opinion.
Yes--I love the premise behind and execution of the Great Courses
Yes. Prof, Liulevicius presented all characters in a clear, concise and interesting manner.
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