History, Power and our Global Society

Here’s a new, free course from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. Taught by James Shee­han, the His­to­ry of the Inter­na­tion­al Sys­tem (iTunes) offers a his­tor­i­cal view of inter­na­tion­al pol­i­tics in the 20th cen­tu­ry, explor­ing how inter­na­tion­al play­ers have attempt­ed to project their will and pro­tect their inter­ests, all while nego­ti­at­ing flu­id and not always man­age­able exter­nal forces. The course looks back at com­mu­nism, fas­cism and lib­er­al­ism, then moves through the Cold War to the present day, and ends with cur­rent events in Iraq. An impor­tant his­to­ri­an and one of Stan­ford’s finest lec­tur­ers, Shee­han was recent­ly Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion. So far four lec­tures have been post­ed (see here), and there will be more to come.

NOTE: This course has been added to our col­lec­tion of Free Online Cours­es, where you can find about 120 top-notch cours­es.

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  • Wow, I have been wait­ing for this one. I was alert­ed by Prof Ander­son (Berke­ley, from the His­to­ry 5 course http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_details.php?seriesid=1906978513) that this was com­ing up.
    What makes me won­der: why can’t one sub­scribe to the feed? Stan­ford on iTunes U has a cou­ple of cours­es that act as pod­cast, like the His­tor­i­cal Jesus, by Tom Shee­han and Patrick Hunt’s lec­ture series on Han­ni­bal, those are syn­di­cat­ed and treat­ed in iTunes as pod­casts.
    How­ev­er, quite a few like this one can only be obtained by active down­load.

  • Brian Hope says:

    As per the above, though I am in the U.K. I thought what a great idea but it will not down­load into iTunes. Is it restrict­ed to US only?

  • Katheryne says:

    Sounds fair­ly inter­est­ing, but i cant down­load it.

  • Dan Colman says:

    Can you please explain what exact prob­lem you’re encoun­ter­ing? That would help me trou­bleshoot, and I can relay the info back to the Stan­ford pod­cast team.

  • Katheryne says:

    Oops, sor­ry for that, every­thing is ok now.

  • Jeff Burns says:

    I think it’s very Iron­ic that as the inter­net and stream­ing video is mak­ing it eas­i­er for us to share our knowl­edge (as Van­nevar Bush imag­ined in his 1945 essay ‘as we may think.’, the uni­ver­si­ties of this coun­try are push­ing prices beyond the capa­bil­i­ties of the low­er class­es. Biggest prob­lem this coun­try faces is the price of col­lege bal­anced against the prospects of a job.

  • leon187 says:

    how can i down­load it with­out itunes? maybe there is alter­na­tive apps?

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