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Videos: Chapter Two

July 5, 2011

This post contains video materials for chapter two, which deals with the emergence of historical polities – the European state and the Islamic and Chinese empires.

A brief survey of major historical empires.


Charlemagne and the origins of the Holy Roman Empire.


A very, very, very brief summary of feudal Europe.


A reasonably sophisticated description of feudal Europe.


Warfare during the Italian Renaissance.


From dynastic to popular sovereignty: France and the revolution in two parts.


The birth and early expansion of Islam.


The Islamic Empire (Caliphate), the Crusades, and the Mongol conquest.


The birth and expansion of the Ottoman Empire.


The contemporary relevance of Confucius and Confucian ideas.

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