Best World History Courses

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World War 1 – The Christmas Truce of 1914

A History of the Christmas Truce in World War I and the Social and Political Landscape Before and During The Great War

Created by David James Ault - Author, Internet Marketer & Instructor

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Students: 1611, Price: $19.99

Students: 1611, Price:  Paid

The Christmas Truce of 1914 was a remarkable episode during World War I; a single fleeting moment of man's humanity, amidst the horrors of war. This course takes a detailed look at the truce, within the context of the social and political landscape at the time. It also considers the part that football may or may not have played during the truce and why it is that a football match has become the overriding symbol of the Christmas Truce in modern times.

What Subjects Does the Course Cover?

The course begins with a look at a number of the factors that ultimately led to World War 1 and then describes in turn the early months of the war, the phenomenon that was trench warfare, some of the other unofficial armistices throughout history and also early attempts at a truce, in the December of 1914.

The Christmas Truce itself is then discussed, looking at the events that took place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, before examining the part that football may have played within the truce.

Finally, the legacy of the Christmas Truce is considered, especially in the context of the Centenary celebrations of 2014.

What Learning Materials are Included within the Course?

The course is broken down into 8 sections, comprising of over 30 lectures.

The majority of the lectures are video-based lessons, but there are also regular Did You Know snippets of interesting information and there is a multiple-choice quiz at the end of each section, so that you can test your knowledge as you go along.

Why You Should Take this Course?

The course acts as an ideal supplementary learning material for pupils or students studying the history of World War One, whether at school or at university.

However, the course is also an excellent resource for anyone who has an interest in learning about the Fist World War or has a passion for history in general.

Military History of the Classical Greek World

A study of Western Military History from the Persian Wars to Alexander the Great

Created by Christopher Janney - Entrepreneur, Filmmaker & Historian

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Students: 228, Price: $19.99

Students: 228, Price:  Paid

Hello and welcome to Military History of the Classical Greek World.  This course will cover Western Military History from approximately 500 BC/BCE to 500 AD/CE.  With this lecture series we will be starting with the defining military science terms, then moving  to the Greek classical period starting with the Persian Wars as fought between The Greek City States and Persia. We will then discuss in Section 2 , the Peloponnesian War in which Sparta and Athens fought each other for control of the Greek world, before moving to the conquests of Alexander the Great in Section 3.

For anyone interested in taking this class, there are a couple things to know. Firstly, this course is for people who have at least a basic background in history, especially the classical Mediterranean world.  While I will be spending a little bit of time quickly summarizing the backgrounds to certain conflicts and going into the histories of certain people groups, my main focus with this course will be on the conflicts themselves - individuals and states involved, the weapons and armor used, tactics and organization of armies, how the wars themselves played out, and the strategic significance of the outcomes.  Throughout the series, I will also stop to address the overarching changes in military technology that took place over this very notable 200-year period.

Throughout all of my lectures, I am going to be using a fair amount of terminology that while very common within the military and the fields of military history and military science, may not be widely known to people who have never studied any of those topics.  So in a brief introductory lesson offered in tandem with the main lectures, I will cover the basic definitions of certain military terms and concepts that appear in my lectures.  Also please note, unless specifically stated.  If you are already familiar with certain military terms and concepts such as what a flanking attack is, what a casualty rate measures, what tactics are, what strategy is, the difference between tactics and strategy, the difference between conscripts & militia etc., you will have no problem understanding this course.  If you are not clear on some or all of even the example terms I listed, but are interested in taking this course please make sure to check out my introductory lesson on military terminology.

This course is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the classical world, as well as a section of military history and the study of war in general.

Aside from being extremely interesting, I find that by understanding military history, one is able to have a much better grasp of the ways in which states rise and fall, and cultures become dominant or are diminished.  Moreover, I find that by understanding war, people can apply the same principles of working to achieve victory to problems or tasks in life.  After all, whether one is looking to win a specific battle, or complete a possibly career-starting project, concepts such as achieving objectives, developing a cohesive long-term strategy, and understanding tactics in order to accomplish specific tasks are perfectly applicable in both situations.  So without any further ado, let us begin.

World War 2 / 1939-1945

Learn more about the History of World War 2 ,This map videos covers all the crucial plot points ,facts and causes.

Created by Farid Guerby - Professor

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Students: 192, Price: $34.99

Students: 192, Price:  Paid

The carnage of World War II was unprecedented and brought the world closest to the term “total warfare.” On average 27,000 people were killed each day between September 1, 1939, until the formal surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945. Western technological advances had turned upon itself, bringing about the most destructive war in human history. The primary combatants were the Axis nations of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan, and the Allied nations, Great Britain (and its Commonwealth nations), the Soviet Union, and the United States. Seven days after the suicide of Adolf Hitler, Germany unconditionally surrendered on May 7, 1945. The Japanese would go on to fight for nearly four more months until their surrender on September 2, which was brought on by the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese towns of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Despite winning the war, Britain largely lost much of its empire, which was outlined in the basis of the Atlantic Charter

The "total war" mobilized the economic and industrial resources of all belligerents and caused the death of some 50 million people, most of whom were civilians.

The war ended with the fall of Berlin by the Red Army in May 1945 and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August 1945.