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  • Philip Zelikow

    Taught by:  Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History

Commitment7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
English, Subtitles: Spanish
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Rated 4.8 out of 5 of 566 ratings

As with the first half of this course, Prof. Zelikow was pleasant, reasonable, and kept a good pace all the way throughout. I continue to be impressed with his focus on the history itself and the examination of verifiable things, rather than creating narratives. Also, he is obviously a self-aware historian, as several times he references his teaching style and why he is choosing it, with reasons I find quite justified.

The material itself is well-spaced and engaging. Kind of crazy to think that at the start of the course, the first World War hasn't happened yet, and then we end in the present. I think the weeks are well-divided and I certainly learned quite a lot that I hadn't known particularly about WWI and the Cold War. It's not so easy to divide WWI into good and evil, as it so obviously is during WW2. Prof. Zelikow also -- and this is important to me -- was able to subtly respect the incredible pain of these periods with his "classroom" style. In those lectures, he was less jovial, and more analytical, though still without adding his own emotional commentary. I very much appreciate this; and I think his style of teaching allowed me the space not only to learn a heck of a lot, but form my own intellectual and emotional conclusions about each period. A real teacher. Thank you, Professor, for two excellent courses.

An ambitious and informative summary of the most relevant events that shaped our history over the past 100 years. This takes us from the early 20th century up to the financial crisis of 2008. Highly recommend this course if you are wanting to refresh your understanding of this time period.

Excellent Course. Recommended for everyone interested in international relations, public policy and of course any student of history. Unlike most history courses which try to recount events, this course puts emphasis on global historical trends.

Very interesting take on the last 2 centuries - put in a holistic form, very well thought trough. Excellent course and a great instructor.