History 5: European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present

History 5: European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present (Fall 2010, 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".

Lecture 01 - Introduction

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Lecture 01 - Introduction
Lecture 02 - The "Renaissance" in Western and World History
Lecture 03 - The State as a Work of Art
Lecture 04 - "New" Worlds, "New" Peoples, "New" Goods
Lecture 05 - Revolutions in Religion: 1517-1555
Lecture 06 - Cultural Diversity in Early Modern Europe
Lecture 07 - Witchcraft and Religious War
Lecture 08 - English Revolutions, Dutch Revolutions and the European Tradition of Constitutionalism
Lecture 09 - French and Other Absolutisms
Lecture 11 - The Scientific Revolution in Europe
Lecture 12 - The Enlightenment: Daring to Know and its Difficulties
Lecture 13 - The French Revolution (1789-1792)
Lecture 16 - The Industrial Revolution: The Origins of a New Civilization
Lecture 17 - New Social Formations: Middle & Working Classes
Lecture 18 - Revolution and Reform, 1815-1851
Lecture 19 - Science, Medicine and Religion
Lecture 20 - Making and Reforming Nation States
Lecture 21 - Politics, Culture, and Society at the Turn of the Century
Lecture 22 - European Imperialism at its Zenith
Lecture 23 - The Great War: Its Causes and Consequences
Lecture 24 - The Russian Revolution
Lecture 25 - The Failure of Politics Between Wars
Lecture 26 - World War Two: Holocaust and Rebuilding
Lecture 27 - Remaking Europe East and West: Communism and Social Democracy
Lecture 28 - The Past in the Present