Courses on History of the World

Brief History of Humankind by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

I’m just starting to follow course on Brief History of Humankind by University of Jerusalem, which might be the most controversial course I’ve seen to date. It’s interesting that any kind of deep discussions into humankind history leads to discussions of religion – proven by the numerous threads already going in the discussion board. I’d love to say I don’t oppose religions, but so often they get in the way of understanding the world and tolerating other people that I have my doubts. Faith could be blinding, and being blind is horrible.

https://class.coursera.org/humankind-001/class/index

We are now in Week 6 and the courses get more controversial as we go. Dr Harari is so amazing and funny, I think I got serious student crush on him.

The other interesting history courses are:

A History of the World since 1300 by Princeton University

https://class.coursera.org/wh1300-002/class

I just started this one, but I’m feeling pretty good about it.

The Modern World: Global History since 1760 by University of Virginia

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernworld

Coming in January 2014.

Now what we need is Medieval History and Renaissance Era, and we’re pretty good at covering major periods of history, don’t you think?

On a related note to that, another course came to mind:

Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction by University of Virginia

(again Virginia?)

A lot of fiction reading for this one!

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