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Turning Points in Modern History
Lectures by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

Turning Points in Modern History (2013)
24 lectures, 12 hours
Turning Points in Modern History at TheGreatCourses.com

Get a unique and rewarding view of world history by immersing yourself in the fascinating story of the discoveries, inventions, upheavals, and ideas that shaped the modern world.

What do the fall of Constantinople, the French Revolution, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the invention of the Internet all have in common? If any one of these turning points had not occurred, or had occurred differently, the trajectory of modern history - and even your life - would have been dramatically altered.

Each event and innovation sparked a profound change in how entire societies viewed the world while signaling the dawn of a new political, economic, or cultural and social reality. Being aware of these turning points is critically important - but it's even more essential to comprehend the complexity of their causes and effects if you want to fully grasp how we arrived in the here and now. Only by understanding how these and other landmark moments and movements transformed our world and continue to impact it today, and by studying the creative ways humankind has found to adapt, can we get at the heart of what it truly means to be "modern."

Turning Points in Modern History takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. Taught by award-winning history professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, these 24 thought-provoking lectures tell the amazing story of how life as we know it developed - at times advancing in one brilliant instant and at other times, in painstaking degrees.

Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation. You'll also witness turning points with repercussions we can only speculate about because they are still very much in the process of turning.

Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius is the Lindsay Young Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his Ph.D. in European History, specializing in modern German history, from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Liulevicius has won the top two Excellence in Teaching awards at the University of Tennessee and was awarded a Research Fellowship from thee National Endowment for the Humanities. His research focuses on German relations with Eastern Europe in the modern period, along with international history.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: 1433 - The Great Voyages of Admiral Zheng He 13: 1859 - Darwin and the Origin of Species
2: 1453 - The Fall of Constantinople 14: 1869 - Binding Continents
3: 1455 - Gutenberg's Print Revolution 15: 1893 - First Women Voters in New Zealand
4: 1492 - The Columbian Exchange 16: 1896 - The Invention of Motion Pictures
5: 1600 - The British East India Company 17: 1903 - Kitty Hawk and Powered Flight
6: 1648 - The Treaty of Westphalia 18: 1904 - The Russo-Japanese War
7: 1676 - Van Leeuwenhoek's Microscope 19: 1928 - The Discovery of Penicillin
8: 1751 - Diderot's Enlightenment Encyclopedia 20: 1942 - The Dawn of the Atom
9: 1787 - The American Experiment 21: 1969 - Walking on the Moon
10: 1789 - The French Revolution 22: 1972 - China Enters the World Balance
11: 1838 - The British Slavery Abolition Act 23: 1989 - The Fall of the Berlin Wall
12: 1839 - The Opium War in China 24: 2004 - The Rise of Social Media


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Turning Points in Modern History
Lectures by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Turning Points in Modern History for
showing us that the major turning points in human history
include many driven by science innovations.