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History 5: European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present (Fall 2014, UC Berkeley). Instructor: Professor Thomas W. Laqueur.

This course is an introduction to European history from around 1500 to the present. The central questions that it addresses are how and why Europe - a small, relatively poor, and politically fragmented place - became the motor of globalization and a world civilization in its own right. Put differently how did western become an adjective that, for better and often for worse, stands in place of modern

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  • Lecture 02 – The Renaissance in Western and World History Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – The State as a Work of Art Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – New Worlds, New Peoples, New Goods Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Revolutions in Religion: 1517-1555 Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Cultural Diversity in Early Modern Europe Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Witchcraft and Religious War Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – English Revolutions, Dutch Revolutions and the European Tradition … Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – “Sweet Commerce”: Slavery, Consumption and a World Economy Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – The Scientific Revolution in Europe and the World Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – The Enlightenment: Daring to Know and its Difficulties Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – The French Revolution (1787-1815) Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – The Industrial Revolution: The Origins of a New Civilization Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Ideologies of Class, Gender, and History Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Revolution and Reform, 1815-1851 Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Making and Reforming Nation States Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Science, Medicine, and Religion Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Politics, Culture and Society at the End of the 19th Century Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – The New Imperialism Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – The Great War: Its Causes, Course, and Consequences Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – The Failure of Politics Between Wars Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – The Holocaust in History Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Remaking Europe East and West: Communism and Social Democracy Unlimited
  • Lecture 27 – The Past in the Present Unlimited

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