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International System in the 20th Century

by Stanford

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Course Description

World politics and international relations from the dominance of empires and nation states at the turn of the century to the present. The influence of communism, fascism, and anti-imperialism, and the emergence of society as a factor in international relations. Questions of sovereignty versus the new world order.

This undergraduate Stanford course was taught on campus three times a week in 50 minute lectures.

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Customer Reviews

Makes ITunes U worth it!

Only on the 3rd lecture, but am enjoying the arc of history in Europe, 19th to the 20th centuries. A masterful chess game on so many levels. Such courses are not entertainment, but more insightful in connecting the dots of historical events, giving full credit to the stakes involved in the various states, actors competing for power, and indeed preying on states where there is the absence of power.... much to consider and so helpful in putting today's events in appropriate perspective! Thank you!

Profound Course

Really gives insight into the political and militaristic maneuverings of the great nations in the last century. Essential if you want to understand how policy makers work and how far their influence lies.

Clear, focused, and illuminating

Content: The course outline and the structure of each lecture presents a clear and detailed understanding of the evolution of the international system. The Post-WWI peace conference (lecture #5) and the interwar Asia (lecture #8) were especially good. For those without a strong international affairs background, I highly recommend that you have some maps to follow the discussion (I only listened via iPod, I don't know if the iTunes U app has maps or not).

Style: James Sheehan is one of the best lecturers that I've heard on iTunes U -- he speaks clearly, stays on topic, displays a true interest in his topic, and is mercifully free of clichés, verbal tics (uh, um, er), and tangential discussion. It was a pleasure listening to him as I walked back and forth to work over the past several weeks.

Audience: (For background, I have a Master's in international affairs and have been in the U.S. Foreign Service for more than 10 years.) I highly recommend it for those who are new to the field or who would enjoy a comprehensive answer to "how did we get here?".

International System in the 20th Century
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