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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