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About This Course
Lessons included in this Western Civilization From 1648 to Today course can lead to a certificate of completion in just two weeks of study time. Our instructors cover Enlightenment philosophies, the Industrial Revolution, both World Wars, the Space Race and more over the course of several videos that make the study of history fun and engaging.
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This course might come in handy to museum employees, librarians working with specialized collections, tour guides or history buffs who want to learn more about a particular era of Western civilization.
You can begin this certificate course at any time; there are no prerequisites. But if you haven't already, consider taking a look at our lessons on Western civilization prior to 1648 to get a better idea of where this course takes up the study of European history.
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This Western civilization certificate course could benefit individuals looking to brush up on their history knowledge or demonstrate their mastery of this subject area. Listed below are just some of the possible uses for this collection of video lessons:
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Western Civilization From 1648 to Today Program Breakdown
Over the course of 14 chapters, you'll explore an expansive stretch of Western history that begins with 17th century political movements and concludes with an exploration of modern art and culture.
Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe (1648-1715)
Get an overview of the Thirty Years' War. Chart the decline of the Holy Roman Empire alongside the rise of the Dutch Republic and France during the reign of Louis XIV. Examine causes of the English Civil War and the creation of Britain's constitutional monarchy.
Power Shifts in Eastern Europe (1648-1740)
Take a look at some of the conflicts leading to the Ottoman Empire's decline. Study Austria's rise to power, the unification of Prussia, the partition of Poland and Peter the Great's attempts to westernize Russia.
Empire and Expansion in the 18th Century (1700-1799)
Explore some of the social and cultural trends brought about by 18th century industrial developments and an emerging global economy. Examine the outcomes of the War of Spanish Succession, the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War.
The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment (1500-1790)
Discover the changing world views brought about by scientific breakthroughs in the fields of astronomy, medicine and chemistry. Learn about political theories that would spur reform in countries including France, Austria, Prussia, Great Britain and Russia. Assess the impact of the American Revolution on Europe.
The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte (1780-1815)
Learn what life in France was like before the beginning of the French Revolution. Study the creation of the National Assembly of France during the war's first phase and pinpoint the origins of the Reign of Terror. Examine Napoleon's rise to power, his military expansion and his eventual defeat at Waterloo. Assess the outcomes of the Congress of Vienna.
Consider the impacts of transportation, food production and manufacturing improvements brought about by this era's agricultural and industrial revolutions. Examine efforts by British reform movements to remedy some of the social problems created by urbanization. Survey the economic theories of Smith, Ricardo and Malthus.
Political Developments (1760-1848)
Look into the development of political ideologies in the 1800s, including liberalism, radicalism and republicanism. Get an introduction to early leaders in the socialist movement and assess the impact of The Communist Manifesto. Outline social revolutions and independence movements occurring in Europe, Russia and Latin America.
The Age of Nationalism (1850-1914)
Explore the nationalist sentiments that would result in the unification of Germany, the creation of Italy and the formation of Austria-Hungary. Identify causes of the Crimean War and study reforms under Russian Tsar Alexander II. Learn how the American Civil War and the creation of Canada impacted Europe.
European Life and Trends (1850-1914)
Assess the impacts of the Second Industrial Revolution on 19th century standards of living and the world economy. Outline political changes occurring in England, Germany and France. Learn how scientific developments - like Darwin's theory of evolution and Einstein's theory of relativity - affected philosophy, religion and art.
Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Scrutinize the motivations behind European and U.S. efforts to colonize Africa and the Americas. Take a closer look at the consequences of European imperialism in Asia. Outline the causes and outcomes of the Russo-Turkish war.
World War I (1914-1919)
Explore the causes of World War I and learn about the trench and chemical warfare characterizing this conflict. Study famous battles as well as the diplomatic arrangements going on behind the scenes. Assess the impacts of America's entry into the war and Russia's exit. Outline the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles and identify some of the social and economic consequences of the war.
Between the World Wars (1919-1939)
Study the creation of new European states after World War I. Chart the rise of fascism in Italy and Spain and trace Hitler's rise to power. Learn about resistance movements in Turkey and India. Examine the effects of the Great Depression on Europe and Asia.
World War II (1939-1945)
Discover how the unchecked aggression of Japan and Germany would lead to the outbreak of World War II. Identify key conflicts occurring on European and Pacific fronts and examine the outcomes of the Yalta Conference and Potsdam Conference.
Western Civilization Since 1945
Assess the effects of economic recovery programs like the Marshall Plan. Examine political reconstruction in Eastern and Western Europe following World War II along with independence movements occurring around the world.
Study causes of the Cold War and the outcomes of such conflicts as the Vietnam War and the Korean War. Identify economic and political factors leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Survey modern scientific advancements, philosophical developments, political activism, art and culture.
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