International Relations 1815-1914

The Making of the Modern World
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction

Welcome to the course

Section 2: The Great Powers in 1815

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
3 pages

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

Overview/Timeline of Events 1815-1914
2 pages
16 pages

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

Section 3: The Eastern Question 1815-1856

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
1 page

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


This presentation covers the two Mehemet Ali Crisis in detail

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

Why did the war happen and what were the consequences?

The Basics of the Crimean War
7 pages
My view: The Eastern Question 1815-1856
Section 4: The Eastern Crisis 1875-1878

What was the Crisis in the East?

Comparing Maps; The Treaty of San Stefano VS The Treaty of Berlin
3 pages
Section 5: Anglo-German Rivalry 1890-1914

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

Section 6: Imperialism and Colonisation; "The Scramble for Africa" 1870-1914

How did the Scramble for Africa impact International Relations?

4 pages

Bismarck "dividing up the cake"

Maps of Africa post colonisation

My view: Imperialism and Colonisation
Section 7: The Alliance System 1870-1914

Why did the Alliance system make war more likely?

My view: The Alliance System
The Long Term Causes of WW1 - a simple summary
4 pages
Section 8: Academic Essays
The "Balance of Power" and International Relations 1815-1914
2 pages
Political Rivalry and International Relations 1815-1914
2 pages
8 questions

Test your knowledge!

1 page

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

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Instructor Biography

Thomas Rogers, Global Educator and Trainer

I'm Thomas 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 will take up the role of Head of History at O Castro International School in 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. 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 last academic year.

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. 

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