Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World
Course No. 8700 (48 lectures, 30 minutes/lecture)
Taught by Robert Bucholz
Loyola University Chicago
D.Phil., Oxford University
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Starting with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded.
Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what once had been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world.
But how—and why—did this happen?
How did the decentralized agrarian principalities of medieval Europe remake themselves into great industrial nation-states?
How and why did absolutism rise and then yield to democratic liberalism?
How did Western science and technology create the first industrialized economics and reduce the power of superstition and disease?
How did these centuries create the framework for the escalation of revolutions and the frequent wars between civilizations?
Why was colonization—either the conquest of indigenous populations or the transplantation of societies to new territories—such a prevalent enterprise, and how did it fall apart?
Why did Europe produce two great antagonist systems: capitalism and Communism?
Most importantly: How did we get to where we are in the 21st century?
Foundations of Western Civilization II: The History of the Modern Western World explores these and other riveting questions. In 48 lectures, award-winning Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University of C
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