Global Super Powers

Course Dates: 
Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 2011
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Mary Lasher
Course Catalogs: 
2011 Fall

If human history interests you, kick back and indulge in some long-held intellectual curiosities, such as sorting out major civilizations and empires in the last 5,000 years. With a sweeping view we will look at their achievements, influences, and vulnerabilities, with special attention to four powers that rose to the level of global super powers. We will wrap up with a discussion of several leading theories of history, including the recent controversial theories of Fukuyama and Huntington.

Mary Lasher ( has taught dozens of courses at College for Seniors in the past fourteen years, including topics from world, American and European history, and the Muslim world. She has degrees in history from Duke University.