Upgrade your history knowledge: learn about the 20 most prominent events and how they affected the course of history.
20 Turning Points of World History: From Ancient Times to XXI Century
  • Become an expert in history, support any conversation, and talk freely on any history topics
  • Find out what hidden consequences certain events had and still have
  • Systemize what you know about the world of the past and today in 25 lectures
This course is for you if you:
Need to build a solid system in place of segmentary historical facts
The school doesn’t always help us see that history is more than a set of tales. Take this course to discover the real importance of events from the past!
Would like to get a full picture of our social and political life
The relations and regularities you learn from historical events stretch further than history studies: analyze those connections to improve your awareness as a citizen of the modern world!
Want to understand the current events more profoundly
History repeats itself—not in the exact same ways, but with recognizable patterns. This course will help you see the bigger picture of current events and what they can lead to.
About this course
The course will help you:
  • 8.5 hours
Course program
8 hours of theory, 0.5 hours for final tests
We will walk through the course contents and talk about how the learning process will go. You will see why there are more lectures than events and get a brief lead-in into the material.
MODULE 1. The Origins, Ancient World. From the Egyptian Civilization to the Pax Romana
Why the invention of the papyrus is a major milestone? Where did the first philosophers come from, and what was so important about them? Get a different take on the events that might seem not so crucial but, in fact, were the game changers.

  • Event 1. 3000 BC: First Known Use of Papyrus by Egyptians
  • Event 2. 1150 BC - 1140 BC: The Trojan War
  • Event 3. 6th Century BC: The Birth of Greek Philosophy
  • Event 4. 44 BC: The Murder of Julius Caesar and the Birth of Pax Romana
MODULE 2. Early Medieval World. From the Fall of the Roman Empire to the First Recorded Cases of the Bubonic Plague
The Medieval ages have brought about immense changes to the cultural, scientific, and political—suffice to say, every aspect of humankind. Find out which specific events and turns of history had the most significant effect and why.

  • Event 5. 380 AD: Roman Empire Officially Adopts Christianity
  • Event 6. 610: Prophet Muhammad Receives Divine Revelations
  • Event 7. 1096-1099: The First Crusade
  • Event 8. 1206: Temüjin Declared Genghis Khan, the First Emperor of the Mongol Empire
  • Event 9. 1346: First Recorded Cases of the Bubonic Plague
MODULE 3. Europe Rising: The Birth of Empire, the Renaissance, and the Challenge to Christianity. XV and XVI Centuries
The Renaissance—a turning point only for art or something even bigger? What caused the changes and how were they reflected in other aspects of life? Discover why we start using the word modern when talking about concepts older than 500 years.

  • Event 10. 1440: Johannes Gutenberg Invented the Movable-Type Printing Press
  • Event 11. 1453 The Fall of Constantinople at the Hands of the Ottoman Empire
  • Event 12. 1492: Imperial Expansions in the Americas and the Birth of Empire
  • Event 13. 1503: The Renaissance Epoque and the Birth of Modern Art
  • Event 14. 1517: Martin Luther Posts the Ninety-Five Theses on the All Saints' Church
MODULE 4. Long XIX and Early XX Centuries: Enlightenment, Revolution, and Independence
Find out what makes some centuries longer or shorter, how long the XIX century is, according to historians, and how it is connected with the beginning of the 20th century

  • Event 15. The Age of Enlightenment, the French Revolution
  • Event 16. 1787: The Founding of the American Constitution and the American Revolution
  • The Long 19th Century
  • Event 17. 1911 Qing Dynasty Falls, China Becomes a Republic
  • Event 18. 1917 The Russian Revolution and the Abdication of Nicholas II From the Russian Throne
MODULE 5. Modernity and Chaos: From WW2 to 9/11 Attacks
The closer we get to today, the more fascinating the history grows! Disclose the underlying meaning of the key events of the last 100 years and their effect on our life today.

  • Interwar Europe
  • Event 19. 1939: Germany Invades Poland, Instigating WW2
  • Post-Modernity and Technology
  • Event 20. 2001: September 11 Attacks
We will sum up what we have learned and once again talk about why these 20 events and not any other ones are listed in the course.
Who created this course
Arron Cockell, PhD
Writer and Researcher, MA in Modern History, ​​MA (Hons) in History
Arron Cockell specializes in Philosophy, Masculinity, and World History subjects. Aside from his research activities, Arron writes and gives lectures. His main interest lies in the field of Intellectual and societal history

With over 5 years of experience at top world universities, Arron has developed his engaging storytelling style that inspires people to dive deeper into history studies. In this course, he shares his love for history and professional view of the subject—join in and enjoy!
“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”
- Fyodor Dostoevsky.
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Video course with a discount costs $39.99 USD $49.99 USD
After completing the course, you will get a certificate.
It confirms that you have completed the entire course program.
Are there any time limits for this course?
There are none. Watch the course at your own pace.
Do I need to have a profound knowledge of history to take this course?
No, not at all! This course requires no background in history or other social studies and will be just as fascinating to history admirers as to those who only get started in this field. Just like other history courses: from Ancient Rome to World War II or the mysteries of Masons—they don’t put a pretentious mask on and talk to you in an engaging and perfectly understandable language.
Will I find out why these events are considered the biggest turning points?
Of course! The opinions about certain events may vary: that’s why the lecturer carefully explains why this or that fact is treated as highly influential.
Can I watch the lectures without an internet connection?
Yes, you can download the course to your mobile device via our app and watch it anytime you want.
How is the learning process for this course organized?
After the payment, you will receive an email with access to your personal account. There, you will find video lectures, a list of recommended literature, a workbook and other additional materials, and tests on the studied material. After passing the final test, you will receive a certificate of completion of the course.

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