Tag: Turning Points in Modern History

Conversing With Vejas Liulevicius

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



“My grandfather was an historian,” Vejas Liulevicius tells me over coffee at Panera. “He was also a refugee from Lithuania after World War II to the United States.” Vejas has been a professor in the Department of History at UTK for the past twenty years. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a largely Lithuanian American neighborhood. However, he attended school in both Denmark and Germany for many years. These experiences, along with his grandfather’s enthusiasm, led him to earn a Ph.D. in modern German history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. Read more →

Reading Knoxville: Turning Points In Modern History

Book by Vejas Gabriel, Reviewed by Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



“This course shows how the decisive turning points of the last 500 years have, in fact, combined to create the modern world as it is today, shaping the condition of modernity as we know it and live it now,” states Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius in the Introduction to his lively and informative series of video lectures Turning Points in Modern History. These videos are produced by The Great Courses (www.thegreatcourses.com), a company that specializes in courses taught by distinguished professors. “A turning point marks a decisive moment that shapes later developments” with an emphasis on modernity: “a mindset that stresses novelty and breaks with the past.” In discussing his twenty-four turning points, Professor Liulevicius narrates a breathtaking survey of transformations that have defined our modern world. Read more →