History: The shifiting balance of world power 1812-2018

Ref: C2419964

The “struggle for mastery” or hegemony saw Spain, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, France, and Britain eclipsed by Russia, Japan, the US and China. Vanished supremacies haunted the collective memory, so that each aspiring hegemon failed to anticipate being checked by changing coalitions of states.

Course aim

To explain how the balance of world power has changed over last two centuries, with once peripheral states aspiring to world hegemony, and then themselves being supplanted by other contenders.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Be more aware of world hegemons’ decline, with parallels between Spain, the UK and the US
  • Consider the difficulties for international organisations in avoiding being perceived as mere catspaws of the hegemon of the epoch.
  • Evaluate the roles of pubic opinion in either accelerating or discouraging hegemonic aspirations, for example over the legality of nuclear weapons.
  • Compare and contrast the hegemonic aspirations of Philip II, Louis XIV, Wilhelm II and Hitler.
  • Appreciate that after the US used nuclear weapons in 1945 against Japan, the end of humanity loomed into prospect, arguably.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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History: The shifiting balance of world power 1812-2018

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