The Making of our Modern World - Part 1
What you'll learn
- You will get an understanding of how the first half of the Twentieth Century shaped our modern world
- You will learn in what way developments, events and ideas still impact us today.
- You will get an understanding of some of the great events and developments between the two World Wars.
- You will gain an understanding of how politics, economics and geography are interlinked to make history.
- You need to be curious about the human adventure through time. This course explores the 20th century, so some basic knowledge of WW1, WW2, the Cold War etc would help, but the lectures are designed for anyone with an interest.
This course tackles some of the major themes of modernity, ultimately aiming at encouraging a better understanding of the world today. We will cover the following topics, in lectures and presentations:
- Concepts like self-determination; nationalism; social revolution; dictatorship; democracy; freedom and totalitarianism. We will look especially at how an ever-increasing number of people became involved in making history, either as subjects or victims of larger forces beyond their control.
- The changes of the Industrial Revolution and how this brought forth our awesome powers of creation - powers, which were ultimately used for the mass destruction of two World Wars, but nevertheless created new societies, which arguably still exist today.
- Power relationships and how they were reshuffled as a result of the Great War, both in Europe and beyond.
- The dismembering of three empires (Germany, Austria-Hungary & the Ottoman Empire) and how this laid the foundation for future conflict as it created new states, but also 'stateless' peoples.
- The role of governments, how these shifted and what influence grand theories like liberalism and communism had on our understanding of society.
The lectures in this series will be followed up by part two, which will tackle the Cold War, decolonisation and the advent of neoliberalism, globalisation and our modern world.
Who this course is for:
- Curious people who follow the news, but sometimes wonder about the complexities of politics, conflict or relationships between nations.
I have an MA in History and one in Education. Currently, I am doing a PhD at the University of Exeter on Islands and Climate Change.
I am also a teacher and have taught for fifteen years, but will remain a student for the rest of my life. My MA is in Modern History with a special focus on the Cold War, decolonisation, African history and the history of the Middle-East.
I have taught across different subjects and age ranges across the world. Apart from teaching, I have campaigned for refugees rights, headed a charity organisation and written a newspaper column.
My first book was published in January 2019 and contextualizes Europe's refugee crisis by looking at recent history.