Free Online European History Courses from Top Universities

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Whether you want to learn about Greece from the Bronze Age through the classical period or are more interested in the 19th century, there's an online course to expand your knowledge. And the best part - these courses are free!
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Free European History Courses

Here are several online European History courses offered free by five top universities: Yale University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, Open University, UC Berkeley, and Utah State University.

Yale University

Despite its reputation for being a pricey Ivy League school, Yale is no stranger to sharing free information. In Introduction to Ancient Greek History, get a basic handling of Greek in the Classical Era and before. France Since 1871, in contrast, explores the emergence of political views and transformations in a modern culture.

University of Massachusetts Boston

Among the free courses offered by UMass Boston is Modern Irish History from 1800 to Present, which introduces learners to the nationalism of independent Ireland. Another course surveys The Dark Ages, from the fall of the Roman empire, to the spread of Christianity, to Viking invasions.

The Open University

The Open University contains several European History courses. The Roman Empire: Introducing Some Key Terms gives continuing learners some cultural terminology to better understand ancient Roman culture. The Holocaust covers precursors to World War II, anti-Jewish policies, and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley posts audio lectures to stream from its history course on European civilization from the Renaissance to the present. Audiorecordings of the lectures from different years are also available on iTunes.

Utah State University (USU)

USU has a compilation of video presentations from a half-day conference on poverty. The title of the conference is Western Rural Development.

Free Online European History Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Introduction to Ancient Greek History course from YaleUndergraduateVideosNoNoNo
France Since 1871 course from YaleUndergraduateVideosNoNoNo
Nineteenth Century Europe course from UMass BostonUndergraduate/GraduateText LessonsYesNoNo
Monarchs, People, and History course from UMass BostonUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoNo
The Dark Ages course from UMass BostonUndergraduateTextbookYesNoNo
Modern Irish History from 1800 to Present course from UMass BostonUndergraduateTextbookYesNoNo
The Roman Empire: Introducing Some Key Terms course from Open UniversityAdvancedText LessonsYesNoYes
The Holocaust course from Open UniversityAdvancedText LessonsYesNoYes
Robert Owen and New Lanark course from Open UniversityAdvancedText LessonsYesNoYes
Wilberforce course from Open UniversityIntermediateText LessonsYesNoYes
French Revolution course from Open UniversityIntermediateText LessonsYesNoYes
Science in the Scottish Enlightenment course from Open UniversityIntermediateText LessonsYesNoYes
Dundee, Jute and Empire course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
The Origins of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
Late Ninteenth-Century Britain and America: The People and the Empire course from Open UniversityAdvancedText LessonsYesNoYes
History 5 course from UC BerkeleyUndergraduateAudio LecturesNoNoYes
Western Rural Development course from USU VideosNoNoYes

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