Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle Over Democracy

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Professor Pamela Radcliff, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
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The 20th century transformed the political, social, and economic structures of the world in ways no one could have imagined as the 1800s came to a close. It was a time of intense and rapid change that stretches the capacity of the imagination: first flight and space flight, the Manhattan Project and the Welfare State, Nietzsche and Freud, the Great Depression and inflation, moving pictures and home computers, the Cold War and terrorism—and war and peace.

"The level of change experienced over a 100-year period is what most defines the 20th century," states Professor Pamela Radcliff.

Even today, more than a century later, that transformation is far from complete. The nations of the third world, at last free from the colonialism and imperialism that once marked their relationship with the West, are still caught up in the even more complex search for politically stable democracy and economic prosperity.

Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle Over Democracy is a comprehensive 48-lecture examination of this extraordinary time.

It is a course designed around history's ideas as much as its events, revealing how those ideas both influenced events and were in turn influenced by them to shape today's world.

It is a unique opportunity to gain a multidisciplinary understanding of how the modern world came to be and how democracy has emerged as a political ideal, although the parameters of a truly democratic world order are still being vigorously contested.

The subject's very nature demands not only an ability to distill political and economic trends from a century of world history, but to explain them with clarity, drawing on other disciplines as necessary to make key points come alive.

Professor Pamela Radcliff defines the perspective of the course as including what she calls the "Enlightenment Project"—the adoption of liberal, democratic, rationalist principles in much of the world—while emphasizing the unresolved nature of the struggle for democracy.

She concentrates on keeping the big picture extremely clear as she moves across whole eras, entire continents, and disciplines as specialized as international trade balances and movements in literature and art.

She consistently shows all sides of an issue when scholars are divided in their opinions and she makes generous use of primary sources, frequently quoting from those sources to ensure that her lectures convey the richest possible sense of each subject.

To make the tremendous breadth of the course comprehensible, Professor Radcliff presents it chronologically in seven sections best representing this struggle:

Section 1 is an introduction to the 20th century, which most scholars now mark from 1914 and the beginning of World War I.

Section 2 consists of the various crises faced by the West in the years between the wars.

Section 3 covers the challenge to democracy presented by Fascism and Communism, including the many approaches to totalitarianism represented by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

Section 4 discusses external challenges to western power from China, India, Mexico, and Japan.

Section 5 explores World War II, including the Holocaust and the rise of Existentialism in post-war Europe.

Section 6 examines the post-World War II world order, including the Cold War, the changing relationship between science and the state, and the rise of the welfare state.

Section 7 concludes the course with a discussion of the challenges of development in a decolonizing world.

Explore a Range of Ideas in Depth

In detail, you will cover topics as varied as:

  • The "crisis of meaning" unleashed by World War I that challenged the political, cultural, and economic values of Western Europe and set the stage for decades of turmoil
  • The different approaches of Fascism and Communism to organizing and mobilizing the masses
  • How art provided a window into the psychological forces swirling through public life.

This course's intellectual breadth and vigor isn't reflected in lofty overview, but in vivid, ground-level history that lets you see those forces at work in:

  • The trenches of World War I, where new technologies created a level of carnage unparalleled in history
  • The theatrical action of Samuel Becket's Waiting for Godot, turning away from the hope of a salvation in a post-Holocaust world to seek dignity in individual struggle
  • The collective ability of a disillusioned generation here in the United States and around the world—protesting over the Vietnam War, inequality of education, the lack of gay rights—to transform political culture and the nature of democratic debate
  • The march through a dazzling variety of famous, infamous, and lesser-known figures who shaped and reflected the century's tumultuous events and changes, such as Samuel Becket, Marcel Duchamps, Frantz Fanon, Vladimir Lenin, Sigmund Freud, Alexandra Kollontai, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mahatma Gandhi, Mao Tse-tung, Mikhail Gorbachev, Emiliano Zapata, Theodor Herzl, Kwame Nkrumah, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ideas Come Alive through Detailed Case Studies

For an even closer focus, the course also includes several lectures devoted to detailed case studies that illustrate how the models covered in the course have been translated into actual practice in post-colonial nations.

You see, for example, how the developmental model put into effect in Communist China differs from that used in Democratic India—and why—and the different results achieved in two countries that began their developmental process with very similar problems.

And see how they both differ from the authoritarian model that has been put into place in Japan.

Similarly, you'll get a chance to see three models of feminism that have resulted from the global women's movement:

  • Women organizing around their status as mothers, as in the "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo" who alerted the world to Argentina's "disappeared"
  • The "everyday resistance" model linked to the world's poorest and least empowered women such as those in India's southwestern state of Tamil Nadu
  • The more familiar model of "equal rights" feminism seen here in the United States.

Plus, you frequently venture off the pathways of geopolitics or national revolution as you view the course's issues through different lenses. In Lecture 5, for example, you'll encounter Dadaist, Surrealists, and Futurist artists as they turn the ideas of Freud and Nietzsche into a chaotic post-World War I attack on the certainty, rationality, and objectivity of the 19th-century Western culture they felt had betrayed them.

In examining paintings by artists like Hannah Hoch or Otto Dix, or hearing the searing command of the Futurist Manifesto to "leave good sense behind us like a hideous husk," you understand the mood of an artistic world desperately trying to reject the past and steer a course toward what had to be a more promising future.

The Challenge of Defining Democracy

The main issue you address in this course, according to Professor Radcliff, is still a work in progress.

"Even after the better part of a century, the world's nations are still trying to define what real democracy is and how to establish it—not only within nations but between them as well, in the sense of fostering and sustaining relationships based on equality and not on raw power," she notes.

It is an extraordinary process that we continue to watch.

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48 lectures
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  • 1
    Framing the 20th Century
    This lecture defines the perspective of the course, including what we will call the Enlightenment Project—the adoption of liberal, democratic, rationalist principles in much of the world—while emphasizing the unresolved nature of the struggle. x
  • 2
    The Opening Act—World War I
    This lecture analyzes why most historians see World War I as the real beginning of the 20th century and why it had such a destabilizing impact on the existing world order. x
  • 3
    Framing the Peace—The Paris Peace Treaties
    A complex peace settlement embodies and feeds the contradictions of an uncertain world order, helping to set the stage for political challenges from inside and outside Europe. x
  • 4
    Intellectual Foundations—Nietzsche and Freud
    This lecture begins to examine the "crisis of meaning" articulated by a generation of European artists and intellectuals, focusing on two influential thinkers, Nietzsche and Freud. x
  • 5
    Art and the Post-War "Crisis of Meaning"
    Building on the intellectual foundations of Nietzsche and Freud, avant-garde artists turn isolated ideas into a popular movement, expressed by the Dadaists, Surrealists, and Futurists. x
  • 6
    Gender Crisis—The "Woman Question"
    This lecture examines the anxieties about gender roles and looks at the variety of solutions offered by liberal feminists and communists. x
  • 7
    The Origins of "Mass Society"
    The identity crisis exemplified by the debates over the "woman question" take a different form in anxieties raised by an emerging "mass society." We examine the phenomenon's paradoxical roots in the evolution of liberal democracy and capitalism in Western society. x
  • 8
    Defining Mass Society and Its Consequences
    This lecture defines the nature of mass society and how it functioned, emphasizing the pessimistic views articulated by the Frankfurt school of German philosophers in the 1920s and 1930s. x
  • 9
    Crisis of Capitalism—The Great Depression
    The Great Depression of the 1930s brings into question the economic system of capitalism and the liberal principles that brought prosperity to Europe and the West. x
  • 10
    Communist Ideology—From Marx to Lenin
    This lecture explores how the theories of Marx were adapted by Lenin and begins a discussion of communism and fascism as serious political challenges to liberal democracy. x
  • 11
    The Rise of Fascism
    We look at the fascist platform and at who joined the movement, and examine why it appeared at this moment in history. x
  • 12
    Communist Revolution in Russia
    The Russian Revolution provides the first opportunity for a communist movement to take power. This lecture analyzes why this happened and the revolution's symbolic meaning to the rest of the world. x
  • 13
    The Totalitarian State? Nazi Germany
    Some scholars have argued that fascism and communism, though different in theory, create similar totalitarian regimes in practice. This lecture looks at Nazi Germany's unique combining of mass mobilization and dictatorial power. x
  • 14
    The Totalitarian State? The Soviet Union
    While the Nazis were master manipulators of the tools of mass society, Stalin and his party use consent and terror to create mass society in an underdeveloped country. x
  • 15
    China—The Legacy of Imperialism
    We shift our focus to challenges to the West's political and moral leadership, beginning with the impact of Western imperialism on China and its role in shaping the 1911 revolution. x
  • 16
    The Chinese Revolution
    In this lecture, we follow the two major strands of Chinese nationalism—the liberal Nationalists of Sun Yat Sen, and the communists led by Mao Tse-tung. x
  • 17
    India—The Legacy of Imperialism
    This lecture introduces the Indian model of nonviolent anti-imperialism and examines the legacy of India's imperialist experience. x
  • 18
    India—The Road to Independence
    We follow the nationalist movement from its origins in the late 19th century to independence in 1947, including the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi and his role in Indian nationalism. x
  • 19
    Mexico—The Roots of Revolution
    This lecture explores the legacy of imperialism and ends with a summary of the social, cultural, and economic problems that provoked a revolution a century after formal independence. x
  • 20
    The Mexican Revolution and Its Consequences
    As in China, the Mexican revolution is a struggle for control between different nationalist visions. This lecture argues that the eventual settlement of the revolution was an attempt at compromise. x
  • 21
    Japan—The Path to Modernization
    Japan provides a nearly unique instance of a non-Western country that resists Western imperialism and follows an independent path to economic and political modernization and empowerment. x
  • 22
    Japan—A New Imperial Power
    This lecture explains how Japan becomes the first non-Western country to compete directly with the Western powers in the imperial arena and explores how this leads to war. x
  • 23
    The Pacific War
    While the Pacific war is partly an extension of the struggle against fascism, it is also a battle over the imperialist world order—with race a fundamental element. x
  • 24
    The European War
    We follow the course of the war and analyze why Germany and its allies lost, moving on to the outlines of an emerging fascist world in German occupation policies. x
  • 25
    The Holocaust
    This lecture describes the "final solution" and considers the broader international failure to stop the genocide as a culmination of the post-WWI "crisis of meaning." x
  • 26
    Existentialism in Post-War Europe
    This lecture examines the Existentialist movement's bleak but dignified way for individuals to survive in a post-Auschwitz world. x
  • 27
    Origins of the Cold War
    This lecture discusses how the Cold War emerged out of WWII, including American and Soviet perspectives on the question of responsibility. x
  • 28
    The Cold War in American Society
    This lecture considers the impact of the Cold War on American domestic and foreign policy, including a discussion of McCarthyism and its implications. x
  • 29
    Science and the State in Cold War America
    With the Manhattan Project, massive federal funding, monopolization, and the channeling of research into government projects create a new relationship between the state and private industry. x
  • 30
    The Welfare State
    This lecture compares and contrasts the northern European welfare state and the American model constructed on the foundations of Roosevelt's New Deal. x
  • 31
    The Process of Decolonization
    This lecture introduces the phenomenon of decolonization that began in the first decades after World War II, including its symbolic importance in creating what became known as the third world. x
  • 32
    Challenges for Post-Colonial Societies
    We examine the problems faced by postcolonial nations: economic dependence, poverty, debates over neocolonialism, conflicts provoked by diversity, lack of an experienced political elite, and the influence of Cold War politics. x
  • 33
    Competing Nationalisms—The Middle East
    This lecture charts the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and examines the broader issues of competing nationalist claims and the problematic collision of nationalism, ethnic and religious diversity, and democracy. x
  • 34
    Development Models—Communist China
    In this lecture we begin to look at different roads to development, using case studies to compare and contrast their successes and failures. x
  • 35
    Development Models—Democratic India
    Because China and India began the process of development with similar problems, they provide ideal points of comparison. This lecture uses India as an example of the capitalist democratic model in the third world. x
  • 36
    The Authoritarian Development State—Japan
    This lecture examines the hybrid model used to achieve Japan's spectacular prosperity, a model that has taken elements from both the classic liberal and communist approaches to development. x
  • 37
    The Japanese Model—Available for Export?
    This lecture analyzes the adoption of Japan's "soft authoritarianism" by a variety of neighboring countries and speculates on the general applicability of the Japanese model in the third world. x
  • 38
    Latin America—Dictatorship and Democracy
    Latin American countries have attempted many paths in their efforts to resolve long-standing economic and social problems. This lecture surveys those efforts and evaluates the prospects for democracy. x
  • 39
    Hard Cases—Africa
    Africa's political and economic problems have seemed intractable. The lecture begins with a general consideration of the lack of measurable progress. x
  • 40
    An African Case Study—Nigeria
    Scholars still debate the endemic versus colonialist roots of third-world problems. This lecture delves into the Nigerian case as a way to understand and evaluate this debate. x
  • 41
    A Generation of Protests—Civil Rights
    This lecture examines the challenge to racial discrimination in the United States. x
  • 42
    A Generation of Protests—1968
    This lecture analyzes movements in the United States, Western Europe, and elsewhere, with a focus on the mobilization of American students against the Vietnam War and the phenomenon of the counterculture. x
  • 43
    Global Women
    This lecture discusses the origins and goals of contemporary feminism with a broad global perspective that acknowledges the many types of women's movements. x
  • 44
    The Rise of Fundamentalist Politics
    This lecture introduces the roots of fundamentalism as a global movement and the nature of its challenge to the secularism of both Western democratic and communist systems before narrowing its focus to Islamic fundamentalism. x
  • 45
    Communism—From Reform to Collapse, 1956–90
    We analyze the long-term crisis within communist society and the various failed attempts at reform, from Khrushchev to Dubcek, and, finally, to Gorbachev. x
  • 46
    The "End of History"?
    This lecture argues that the final victory of Western liberal democracy has not yet been achieved and examines the parameters of the post-Cold War world, analyzing the complex prospects for democracy around the globe. x
  • 47
    Globalization and Its Challenges
    In the post-Cold War world, the prospects for democracy rest not only on the health of individual nations but on the increasingly complex interdependence that has been labeled globalization. x
  • 48
    A New World Order?
    Despite the end of the Cold War, the "new world order" has yet to coalesce. We use the 2003 war in Iraq to discuss the dramatically different visions of the new world order that have emerged for the 21st century. x

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Pamela Radcliff, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Pamela Radcliff is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. She earned her B.A. in History from Scripps College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern European History from Columbia University. Professor Radcliff has been recognized by both the university faculty and her students for her outstanding teaching. In 1997, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt College Excellence in Teaching Award, and...
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Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle Over Democracy is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Treat The ambitious scope of this course reminds me of the history of the world sets so popular a hundred years or so ago. In her exploration of the 20th century, professor Radcliff casts a wide net and provides a compelling geopolitical narrative of world events from the mid 19th century to the early 2000s. I learned a great deal about the histories of certain nations heretofore unknown to me, including Mexico and Japan, and was able to see in a much larger, global context how the pieces of the 20th century fit together. For example, additional light for me was shed on Japan's military occupation of China and Formosa, an adventure leading not only to the West imposing a trade embargo against Japan, but ultimately to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Similarly, details of the Mexican Revolution involving the competing factions of peasants and elites filled a gap in my knowledge. All in all, this course achieves what it sets out to: contextualizing the 20th century in terms of the history of nations and the respective roles they played in the much larger global community. I have viewed close to 100 courses and this was one of my favorites, 10/10 for content and 8/10 for presentation.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rough Around the Edges The content was terrific. It just seems that she bit off more than she was ready to deal with. Professor Radcliff knows her stuff, but could stand a little more seasoning before taking on a project of this magnitude. She did a great job of covering all the events while providing very good insight on the vast majority of them. Her presentation faltered when she would become lost, rattled or frustrated. It was as though her notes and the podium were her anchors and she could quickly become lost when not in touch with either. As stated above, I enjoyed most of the content with the exception of her thoughts on the 60s, which she obviously did not live through, and her take on sustainability. She was completely biased and brainwashed by the teachings of the SDS as to what the Sixties were all about and needs to tour the Woodstock Museum in Bethel, NY. As for her take on Sustainability, I'd put it under the heading of screaming, yellow journalism and total nonsense. Fortunately for me, I had ordered her course, as well as Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century, plus Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age and went through them in a row. That was a WOW!!! You get three similar and different perspectives on many of the same topics. Well worth the trip!!
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was not impressed The course wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't up to the standard of many other TTC courses. 1# The professor doesn't show any enthusiasm for the subject. I actually came back to the website to see what her specialty was. Modern history. You wouldn't get that sense from her presentation. 2) Speaking of presentation, this may seem like a minor point, but through 48 lectures it starts to get on your nerves. She constantly sounds out of breath, like she ran up several flights of stairs immediately before starting the lecture. 3) There are many technical errors both minor #"In 1993 the US and the USSR agreed to...") to the not so minor. Her understanding of many historical times and places (e.g., Soviet Russia) is sorely lacking. And some of her interpretations (Japan as an "authoritarian" state) are oversimplified to the point of error. 4) Several lectures border on the absurd and are the kind of ridiculousness that give academics a bad name. Dadaism? Seriously?? This course is a very long slough for very little return in increased knowledge or insight.
Date published: 2013-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Course I have watched several courses from the teaching company on modern history and, with regards to content, this is one of the best. I especially like Radcliffe's inclusion of art and science when she talks about how society tried to deal with changes after the major wars. After watching/listening to these lectures I think anyone would come away with a very good understanding of the policital theories that have dominanted the 20th century and the major alternatives to democracy as well as how they came about and there impact on particular societies. The only criticism I have is that Radcliffe relied much to heavily on her notes during her presentation and at times appeared nervous and not quite sure of what she wanted to say. This definitely took away from the flow of her presentation. That being said, if you only watch one course on modern history this would be a very good one.
Date published: 2012-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am so much smarter now Professor Radcliffe is phenomenal! She is clear and eloquent and really draws connections and highlights such fascinating aspects of history. The course content is exceptionally useful for any citizen of the world and I find myself referring back to her lectures constantly. Can't recommend this course enough!
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Terrible Lecturer I breathed a sigh of relief as I packed this course up to ship back to good ol' Chantilly. Since I only indulge in TTC while driving up and down the peninsula, I depend on good presentation. This professor sounded like she was walking halfway across the room to make a point, then rushing back to the lectern to consult her notes. Upon consulting them, she thinks, "Oh wow, that's what I wrote," and launches back into her spiel--only to be caught away from her notes again five minutes later. I picture her waving her right hand around as she does so, for some reason. As I've written elsewhere, perhaps how listeners feel about lecturers is just a matter of personal taste. I really enjoy listening to Andrew Fix, but others don't. Strange.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ambitious, impressive, and worthwhile This is the longest Teaching Company course I've attempted to date, and while it took a while, I'm very glad I saw it through. The scope is also very ambitious, but as most other reviewers have noted, Professor Radcliff successfully pulls it off. I learned a lot about both the political evolution of certain countries (e.g. China) and how those local narratives can be woven together into an integrated understanding of democracy in the 20th century as a whole. Thought-provoking and highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Prior to taking this course I could not have imagined how a teacher could pull together the salient histrical events of the 20th century and make sense of them, but that is exactly what Professor Radcliff does in this terrific course. She is a gifted teacher who is able to understand and communicate the significance of events and their meaning in a broader context. She is never dry and in fact her account of World War I can only be described as moving. As an example, she uses two poems written by a soldier at the beginning and another at the end of the conflict as means of illustrating the changing attitudes of Europeans to the war. Superb!
Date published: 2010-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dry Presentation of a Mono-Chromatic History The 48 lectures represent a detailed acount of the 20th century, covering what one might expect them to cover. The content of the course, however, is not the problem. The problem is the framing and presentation of that content. I purchased this course with Big History as a set back in December of 2009. It is now July and I have still not made my way through this course, despite having listened to more than a dozen other Teaching Company courses in that same time. The reason is that I found this Prof's presentation painful and dull. She often stumbles over her words and her lecturing style reminds me of the teacher in the Wonder Years. It's that dry. Her words seem technical and unengaging, and if she has any kind of personal interest in the subject matter it never comes through in her voice. At least not in the lectures I've listened to so far (or tried to listen to). I also hate the concept of this class. "The struggle for democracy"? I cringe at the idea of portraying the entire 20th century as some kind of abstract struggle toward democracy. Many things happened in the 20th century, and as the Prof. admits much of it does not fit into the narrative of a struggle for democracy. Her argument is legitimate, but limiting. It also, in my opinion, injects an inevitable Western bias. To be fair, this simplifies the Prof's presentation and neglects some very reasonable reasons behind her choice. I just did not like this choice for multiple reasons and the resulting history was less than what I would have liked to have seen from a history of the last century. But if the Prof. were at least able to present this course in a compelling and engaging way, then perhaps I could appreciate her arguments more.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Topic, Great Teacher I lived through the last half of the 20th century and read a lot about the first half. Dr Radcliff provides a thorough overview of the world events from WW I to Y2K. She teaches you things you didn't know, further explains things you thought you knew, and provides a historical 'feel' of where the 20th century started, where it went, and where we're headed - and why. If you love or just like history this course is a very satifying experience. These lectures nicely fill in the history between and after the wars of the last century complimenting TC's courses on WW I, WW II, and the History of Communism. This course covers many areas of history, geography, politics, and economics. The course guide and bibliography are excellent. Old folks (like me) will enjoy being reacquainted with old headlines and the young listeners will equally enjoy learning about a period of history not well covered in our schools. I would welcome and buy more courses by Dr Radcliff and about the 20th century.
Date published: 2009-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great course Over the course of five years I have listened to lots of Teaching Company courses and Pamela Radcliff is in my opinion one of the best professors. She integrates history, economy, politics, arts and culture. Her knowledge of all of these subjects is stunning, her teaching style crystal clear and her analyses are broad, thought-provoking and insightful. I am married to a historian specialized in Twentieth Century European History, so I do know something about the subject. I am Dutch and we live in the Netherlands.
Date published: 2009-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ambitious Undertaking Kudos to Dr. Radcliff for her outstanding overview of the political history of the 20th century. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the struggle for democracy during this period. I was impressed with her knowledge of so many areas (e.g., Latin America, Japan, Africa, etc.). I have only area of improvement that for me would have made the course even better. I wish the overall course material had been framed in the context of major themes she wanted us to understand. She started and finished with lots of facts, but without molding the data into a larger framework. It would have been more helpful to have summarized at the beginning and the end the major themes the course conveyed -- i.e., what major points did she want me take away from the course. Otherwise, this has been a very valuable course I've watched a number of times. I look forward to any new courses she might have through The Teaching Company.
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indispensible This course is indispensible to understanding the 20th and 21st centuries. With a comprehensiveness that is outstanding for only 48 lectures, the Prof. clearly lays out how the whole dynamic of the 20th century evolved in a clear, concise and easy-to-follow series of lectures. I found myself saying "of course it happened that way" multiple times during the course and amazed that I hadn't understood the connections before. The world is still struggling to bring democracy to those places that are mired in oppression, tyranny and dictatorship. For all it's imperfections, democracy is a whole lot better than anything else and always had been. Thank you for reminding us that utopian dreams are just that, dreams, and that democracy requires hard work and constant vigiliance to achieve and maintain. Lest we forget it.
Date published: 2008-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I took a chance in ordering this course. I had no great expectation going in. Now I'm so excited I'm going to relisten as soon as possible.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am going to hear and view this lecture over and over. I say that now, but I am anxious to hear/view more that are waiting. The DVD format is superior to being in the classroom, because I can go back to the disks.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I learned a great deal as it filled gaps in my own education and experiences. (I'm 90 years old!)
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These lectures provide a very insightful overview of major events and individuals impacting Western Civilization of 20th century.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prof. Radcliff had an astounding command of a long and extremely complex historical subject and I was never bored.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pamela Radcliff's insights & scholarly analysis are wonderfully enlightening. This is a splendid course!
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prof. Pamela Radcliff was outstanding and thorough. I gained new insights from each lecture building upon my considerable bkgrd in US history.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The professor had an annoying habit of using the phrase "in other words."
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prof. Radcliff is fantastic - organized and always able to say - "Now, what does that mean?" - followed by a lucid explanation.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Professor Radcliff is a knowledgeable & organized teacher. My only complaint would be her lack of personality that made the course a little less engaging. No smiles or excitement.
Date published: 2008-10-17
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