Great Revolutions That Shaped the Modern World

This course of six illustrated lectures examines great revolutions – political, cultural or technological – that took place in the 16th to the 20th centuries.  Some were violent, some were peaceful, but all were transformative. Most happened in Europe, but their impact was felt around the world and still resonates today.

Week 1: The religious revolution of 16th-century Europe, which stimulated bloodthirsty conflicts between Catholic and Protestant forms of Christianity.

Week 2: The Scientific Revolution, which transformed science from a search for ancient truths to the pursuit of new discoveries.

Week 3: The two English revolutions of the 17th century, which gave the world a template for constitutional government.

Week 4: The French Revolution, which generated revolutionary pressures that spread throughout Europe and far beyond.

Week 5: The communications revolution of the 19th century, which transformed modern society by moving information around faster than humans could.

Week 6: The Russian Revolution, which ultimately led to the rise of both communism and fascism as global forces.

Dr. CHRIS FRIEDRICHS, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of History at UBC, where he taught European and world history for 45 years before retiring in 2018. He’s a specialist in the history of German and European cities of the early modern era. His books include The Early Modern City, 1450-1750 (1995) and Urban Politics in Early Modern Europe (2000). Chris received the Killam Teaching Prize from UBC in 1997.

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Available Sessions

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Nov 1, 2022-Dec 6, 2022 | Online | $130.00

Format: Online, Live Lectures
Code: UQ072F22O
Offered: On Tue
Nov 1, 2022-Dec 6, 2022
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific Time

1nstructor: Christopher Friedrichs


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$130.00 $6.50 $136.50