History of the International System

If you want to understand international affairs in the 21st century, you can’t do better than Stanford historian James Sheehan’s course History of the International System – iTunes. His lectures are an overview of the 20th century, with an emphasis on the development of the international system — how nations define their self interest and their relations with other nations. Lecture 23, in which he discusses the background to the attacks of September 11, 2001, is particularly illuminating.

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6 Responses to History of the International System

  1. Anne the Man says:

    Did you know James Sheehan is the husband/partner of Margaret Lavinia Anderson?


  2. Dara says:

    I didn’t know. Small world!

  3. Matthias says:

    I’ve listened to the lectures 2 times in a row and I’m blown away.
    Never thought history could be this interesting.
    Highly recommended!

  4. Mark clark says:

    I’ve been listening to Margaret Anderson’s excellent lectures on modern German and European history ever since UCB put them on itunes. What a coincidence that the only teacher I’ve felt her equal (in History) is Jim Sheehan (I’m now listening to his course)- and they take their morning coffee together! We in podcast land owe both of them a very warm thankyou (not to mention Berkeley and Stanford!). That lectures of this quality are available free on-line is something that gives me hope for the future of the internet as a positive educational phenomenon.

  5. rafe jabari says:

    Very interesting course, any one has the transcript? I really like it. Even the one for Anderson too ;)
    Thanks in advance!
    rafe jabari

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