Introduction to Western Civilization II Course

Instructor: Casey Lozier

Casey has a master's in medieval history and is a former book editor.'s Western Civilization II course covers major events that have impacted the West from the sixteenth century to the present. The short, engaging video lessons present and analyze everything from the political and philosophical revolutions of the 1600s to World War II and the present day.

Course Overview's Western Civilization II course is organized to optimize your understanding of the connection between key concepts across geographic locations. Rather than present the lessons geographically or chronologically, we've chosen to arrange them according to concept. Read on for a more thorough description of the course structure.

The course begins with an overview of government and philosophy in Western Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, followed by a section covering Eastern Europe during the same period. Do you know what Louis XIV of France and Peter the Great of Russia had in common? In these sections you'll find out what traits the two monarchs shared, and what they had in common with other important leaders during the same era.

The course also covers important political and philosophical revolutions that affected Western Society, including the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Industrialization, and Nationalism. Are you aware of the influence the Enlightenment had on the French Revolution and other political revolutions before the turn of the century? Study these sections to learn more!

World War I, World War II, and the present day are also discussed. In these sections, which are the last in the course, your instructors will tie together modern circumstances with the events you've already learned about in the previous sections.

This course is recommended for college credit, so if you pass the exam quizzes and proctored final, you can earn transferable college credit. By taking this course, you'll have fun while learning about how the major events of the last 500 years have affected each other and Western Civilization as a whole.

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