A History of the World since 1300

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This course explores the history of the modern world since Chinggis Khan. It focuses on the connections between societies from the time of the Mongol conquests and the gradual, but accelerating ways in which connections became ties of inter-dependence. The relations between societies are what will concern us. The forces pulling the world together vary from religious to economic, political to intellectual. These forces bring the world together, but they also create new divisions. Nowadays, we call this "globalization." That term has tended to emphasize the drive to worldwide integration; the view of globalization taken in this course emphasizes disintegration as well as integration. We will tackle some very basic questions: How do we explain the staggering wealth of China in the centuries up to 1750, as well as China's recent ascent? Where did the United States come from, and where is it headed? What are the significance and legacies ... This course explores the history of the modern world since Chinggis Khan. It focuses on the connections between societies from the time of the Mongol conquests and the gradual, but accelerating ways in which connections became ties of inter-dependence. The relations between societies are what will concern us. The forces pulling the world together vary from religious to economic, political to intellectual. These forces bring the world together, but they also create new divisions. Nowadays, we call this "globalization." That term has tended to emphasize the drive to worldwide integration; the view of globalization taken in this course emphasizes disintegration as well as integration. We will tackle some very basic questions: How do we explain the staggering wealth of China in the centuries up to 1750, as well as China's recent ascent? Where did the United States come from, and where is it headed? What are the significance and legacies of empire in the world? How have world wars and revolutions shaped the international system over time? What exactly is globalization, and how does today's globalization compare with the past? How has the relationship between humans and nature changed over the centuries?
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Anukriti Gulati profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
3 years, 2 months ago
Brilliant content that really connects world history together. The instructor is clear and precise with his words. Really helped me teach my students Indian colonialism with a global perspective
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Charles Clark profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
  • 6 completed
5 years, 1 month ago
As the makers of "Big History" like to point out, everything is connected. In this course, you'll get a chance to find out how connected everything is and has been over time. Make no mistake, this course involves a lot of work. You have to write. A lot. And it's so worth it to complete all the assignments; that's the way you really engage with the material and develop an understanding. Invest your time and effort and be rewarded. I recommend buying a copy of the textbook for this course as a key learning aid. Excellent lectures and readings for this course. You'll appreciate the effort that went into creating and delivering the material. Not only Dr. Adelman (who is terrific), but a great support staff of graduate assistant and techies who put this together.
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Grace profile image
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5/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
  • 5 completed
5 years, 8 months ago
I hated taking history classes, especially because nearly all of my instructors did not do as good a job at teaching it as Professor Adelman. He used images that caught my attention and helped me retain understanding of basic historical events. But still, I continued to find history dry and boring. I had difficulty connecting with it and finding it relevant to my life. I dropped it when I found another coursera history course that explained slightly more recent history in today's context, and that used interesting stories to help me understand the 'big picture'. I completed most of the lectures, and none of the assignments. I noticed that the peer review system was a bit frustrating for the students who participated in the discussion forums. I expected this to be the case, after attempting other coursera courses that were peer-reviewed.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 9 reviews
  • 7 completed
5 years, 8 months ago
Very extensive course, well presented and strongly interesting. The lack of challenging weekly quizzes is to be signaled. The peer assignment were way too difficult to achieve, in my opinion.
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Winthrop Yu profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 27 completed
5 years, 9 months ago
An excellent overview of modern history with a very strong social orientation. You can take this course at your leisure. Sorry, but no certificates are provided for completing the course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
  • 4 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
Very well done overview of the period for someone like myself whose background in world history is spotty. Discussion forums are quirky as staff ask unanswerable questions and try to Socratically drag engagement out of participants. Peer review of essays is a crapshoot, as many others have noted.
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4/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 2 months ago
Lecturers are not interesting enough, Took half the course. I've took other history classes before so I have a good reference.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 14 reviews
  • 13 completed
6 years, 3 months ago
Great course on the history of the word from 1300 to the present. Professor Adelman historical methodology focuses on telling an integrated story, wherever possible. He is an engaging lecturer and the assignments consisting of detailed essays on relevant historical questions were instructive. This was an insightful and valuable history course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
  • 4 completed
6 years, 3 months ago
That was a fascinated course, very well organized an produced. Professor Jeremy Adelman was very participative in the forums, wich make a great difference. He brought me a new perspective in a topic wich I had very little knowledge. Higlhy recommended and worthwhile.
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Melle van der Meer profile image
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  • 1 completed
6 years, 7 months ago
Fascinating overviews across the broad spectrum of world history, with significant attention to non-western history. The professor is a very good amiable TV/video personality. A problem was the peer-review system of grading the essays. That does not really work, and seems especially a problem in MOOC's in the humanities. You needed a good background in history to really appreciate the way very complex subjects were handled. A strong point were discussions with specialists on different subjects.
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7/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 8 months ago
The subject matter is fascinating and Prof Adelman provides a refreshing outlook on the material. The peer assessment isn't working in the humanities subjects.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 8 reviews
  • 7 completed
6 years, 10 months ago
I'm enjoying the lectures and global dialogues. The essay grading rubric is just a little harsh. A professor's forum gives a little bit of interactivity on the discussion boards, but overall most of the discussion interaction is between students.
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  • 23 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
Having no background in History (my last history lesson in School was over 30 years ago), I am impressed with the accessibility of the course. The lectures are extremely informative and there is a wealth of material to be found on the forums. Excellent.
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Chris Simmons profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
  • 7 completed
6 years, 10 months ago
I'm rating this as 4/5, but I'm not doing the full experience. I'm sort of "auditing" the course - downloading the videos and watching them when I get a spare minute. I'm not doing the essays or participating in the discussion forum, but they are quite active. The production quality on these videos is quite high - the professor is on a sound stage with assistants on standby. I have almost no world history education, but the material is presented in an easy to digest way. He obviously knows what he's talking about - it would be interesting to take an in-person class with him.
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6 years, 9 months ago
Great!
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