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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A real quick-paced ovrview
The back references to earlier occurring events and how those might have influenced more current decisions.
Interesting that this course covers roughly the time up to about 2007, the post-cold-war time.
In some cases I wished for more details, to make the "stories" more personal or connectable to.
not much about "being moved" in a "course".
compared to "The Development of European Civilization". Covers a similar topic and time-span but with a completely different focus. I suggest having both. I have the feeling the this course here ("Diplomacy") should be heard first and the "Development" later -- for some reason I think that goes more into some interesting details and it's good to have the overview first.
- Torsten Will
500 Years That Shook the World