I have two remaining weeks (of the 14 total) of study of the on-line course "The Modern World: Global History since 1760 by Philip Zelikow (University of Va). The best part is the final three weeks are about the years I have been around (1950 - 2014). Funny how one gets interested in history - when they are history :)
So what have I learned? What "take aways" would I say expanded my present day awareness?
(1) Conflicts and Wars are inevitable and......... don't be complacent and think WWIII will never happen. (2) Empires are gone - Nation States are going (3) History is all about situations, problems, solutions (or options) that people act upon (e.g choices) (4) Choices are framed by our ideologies - political beliefs, values, and community thinking (5) Economics (Land and Labor) drives the engine of choices