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1 Continuity and Change in World Politics
2 What Is an International System?
3 The Balance of Power and Its Problems
4 The Origins of the First World War
5 The Problems and Promise of Collective Security
6 The Origins of the Second World War
7 The Origins of the Cold War
8 Alternatives to the Present International System
This course was first released in 1991 so it was before the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of terrorism in the world, but I found it very enlightening and still relevant for today. I wish President Bush and his cabinet had listened to this course before plunging us in another war with Iraq, but what is happened.
Professor Nye gives a promising scenario for the future of the world and the United States in these lectures. The first three (around 45 minutes in length) lectures explain International politics and systems and how important the Balance of Power is.
The next three explain the origins of the World Wars and the different scenarios that could have happened instead of global conflicts. I have always thought that they were inevitable but through his perspective, I can see how things could have been different.
The seventh chapter takes on the Cold War and how it happened and if it was necessary. I found it fascinating.
My favorite lecture was his last on what the future may hold for us as a nation and the world at large. While he didn’t take on China or terrorism directly, he did show the way to a peaceful future in a global economy. If the world relies on each country for its economic base, than why would we want to fight? If we use democracy as a helpful tool for the poorer nations of the world, it is less likely that democracies fight each other.
This audible edition came with a pdf file with course notes which was very helpful.
I loved these lectures and it helped me understand why the world is so screwed up, but it also showed me why history doesn’t have to repeat itself.
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The message was decorated by thorough analyses of historical events and data: don't be to hasty when predicting the future.