War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000 : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

For much of the past five centuries, the history of the European continent has been a history of chaos, its civilization thrown into turmoil by ferocious wars or bitter religious conflicts - sometimes in combination - that have made and remade borders, created and eliminated entire nations, and left a legacy that is still influencing our world.
This 36-lecture series from an award-winning teacher and honored scholar pursues an explanation for this chaos that goes beyond the obvious ones of political ambition, religious intolerance, the pursuit of state power, or the fear of another state's aspirations. In pursuing that explanation, Professor Liulevicius offers everyone interested in the "why" of history a remarkable look into the evolution of the European continent and the modern state system. His provocative lectures allow us to peer through the revealing lens of statecraft to show us its impact on war, peace, and power and how that impact may well be felt in the future.
As you learn to examine key points on history's diplomatic timeline in the context of attempting to establish - successfully and not - a lasting idea of order in the European world, you'll begin to grasp the key Professor Liulevicius offers to understanding the dynamics of international politics. And you'll see how such key concepts as the balance of power, power itself, sovereignty, and "reason of state" - the raison d'état first enunciated by France's powerful Cardinal Richelieu - fit into those dynamics.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Mission impossible, mission accomplished

Prof. Liulevicius is at his brilliant best in this fast paced account of European political history. If you are not at all familiar with European history you may struggle to keep up, there is so much ground to cover, notwithstanding there being all of 36 lectures here. But it should be well worth the effort. And if you have heard it all before, these lectures still make an ideal condensed refresher course, leavened by the Prof's wry style and light touch despite his seemingly all encompassing knowledge.
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- Mr. Acapella

An excellent overview of European Diplomacy

I found this to be another excellent course from the Great Courses. Clearly covering 400 years means that it inevitably skims the subject matter somewhat but that is its brief so fair enough. What I found pleasing was the interesting angle that taking the diplomatic view of the period gave. Professor Liulevicius clearly explains the motivations of the states involved, especially the Great Powers and also why they came to those motives.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses