International Relations 1815-1914
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International Relations 1815-1914

The Making of the Modern World
3.8 (28 ratings)
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1,082 students enrolled
Created by Thomas Rogers
Last updated 11/2015
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how International Relations between 1815 and 1914 still shape the world we live in today
  • Explore and evaluate how the relationship between Britain and Germany was impacted by colonisation and militarism
  • Understand how political rivalry grew as a result of the "Scramble for Africa"
  • Become an expert on the key challenges to the European Balance of Power in this period
  • Understand the reasons for and development of the Alliance System in Europe
  • Understand how the Eastern Question (the problem posed by the decline of the Ottoman Empire) led to Greek independence, the Mehemet Ali Crisis in Egypt and Syria, Nationalism and revolution in the Balkans and finally; World War One
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  • No additional software is needed
  • No prior knowledge and understanding needed - we start with the basics and then move on
  • You may want to take notes during the video lectures so notepad/pen may be helpful
  • Download and Print any resources you want and file

This course covers International Relations over a 100 year period. It aims to give you a real understanding of the major turning points that have shaped our world. Starting in 1815, with Europe in a state of destruction after the Napoleonic Wars, we explore the economic, social and political challenges that surfaced from that point onwards and how these were dealt with by each of the Great Powers. Themes covered include; The Eastern Question, the Alliance System, Imperialism and Colonisation and Anglo-German rivalry.

The course is taught through detailed and varied content; video lectures, screen casts, downloadable sources including cartoons, written documents and much more. There is also the opportunity to test yourself with an end of unit quiz. The course is very accessible to all but also provides the stretch and challenge to really make you think.

By the end of the course, you should have developed a good knowledge and understanding of the period which you can apply to any form of academic study.I'm a passionate teacher and I am incredibly proud of this course which I believe can inspire you to want to learn even more! If you have an interest in History - his course is for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who is passionate about the study of History and wants to learn more
  • If you are looking to develop a better knowledge and understanding of how Europe changed during this period - this course is for you
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 02:22

Welcome to the course

Course Introduction
The Great Powers in 1815
4 Lectures 08:11

Included in this lecture:

  • The situation in Europe in 1815 and the impact of the Napoleonic Wars
  • The Social, economic and political status of the Great Powers in 1815
Europe in 1815

Study the first map of Europe in 1815 - any countries you don't recognise?

Maps of Europe and the Ottoman Empire in 1815
3 pages

Overview/Timeline of Events 1815-1914
2 pages

Presentation covering the key treaties and agreements between the Great Powers after the Congress of Vienna

The Congress System 1815-1823
16 pages
The Eastern Question 1815-1856
7 Lectures 35:11

Presentation covers:

  • The reasons for the Greek uprising in 1821
  • The impact of British involvement in the Greek War of Independence
  • The Battle at Navarino Bay
  • The consequences of Greek independence
The Greek War of Independence 1821-1830

Fill this sheet in after you have watched the lecture on the Greek Revolt

Task- the Greek War of Independence
1 page

This presentation covers the two Mehemet Ali Crisis in detail

The Mehemet Ali Crisis 1831-1841

The extent of Mehemet Ali's rule by 1840 (map)
1 page

Why did the war happen and what were the consequences?

The Crimean War 1854-1856

The Basics of the Crimean War
7 pages

My view: The Eastern Question 1815-1856
The Eastern Crisis 1875-1878
2 Lectures 06:58

What was the Crisis in the East?

The Eastern Crisis 1875-1878

Comparing Maps; The Treaty of San Stefano VS The Treaty of Berlin
3 pages
Anglo-German Rivalry 1890-1914
1 Lecture 11:56

Why did Anglo-German relations get worse in this period?

Anglo-German Rivalry 1890-1914
Imperialism and Colonisation; "The Scramble for Africa" 1870-1914
3 Lectures 13:50

How did the Scramble for Africa impact International Relations?

Imperialism and Colonisation; "The Scramble for Africa"

Bismarck "dividing up the cake"

Maps of Africa post colonisation

The Scramble for Africa: Cartoons and Maps
4 pages

My view: Imperialism and Colonisation
The Alliance System 1870-1914
3 Lectures 19:44

Why did the Alliance system make war more likely?

The Alliance System 1870-1914

My view: The Alliance System

The Long Term Causes of WW1 - a simple summary
4 pages
Academic Essays
2 Lectures 00:00
The "Balance of Power" and International Relations 1815-1914
2 pages

Political Rivalry and International Relations 1815-1914
2 pages
1 Lecture 00:00

Test your knowledge!

International Relations 1815-1914 QUIZ
8 questions

Try to match the date, the treaty name and description of the Treaty together

TEST YOURSELF! Match the date, the treaty and the description
1 page
About the Instructor
Thomas Rogers
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Global Educator and Trainer

I'm Tom Rogers, a passionate and experienced educator from the UK.

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2008 and, at the age of 28, went on to become a Head of Department in one of the highest performing schools in the North West of England in 2013. In September 2016, I took up the role of Head of History at O Castro British International School in Vigo, Spain.

I have founded, organised and co-hosted #TMHistoryIcons, the only national TeachMeet for History teachers in the UK. Its inaugural meeting took place in March 2016 in Chester and was attended by more than 100 teachers. The second event took place in April 2017 in the same city with the third scheduled for April 2018. 

I currently write a weekly column for the TES, the largest educational publication in the UK. 

I am the director of RogersHistory, an online educational platform which was used by more than 100 schools and 1000 students in the last academic year. My youtube channel supports students to achieve their academic goals and has accrued 50,000 views. I am followed by more than 6000 educators (and others) on twitter.

I try to bring my passion for teaching and learning into all my Udemy courses. The way in which my courses are planned reflects my current professional role and subject expertise.