The 50 Most Important Things in History


WHERE: Online teleconference (Zoom)


TUITION: $175 Full Access – $105 Recorded Video Access – Special Rates Available for COVID-19 Impact

Given recent events and extenuating circumstances, this class is being postponed for the moment. Further announcements will be made as to its status at the appropriate time.

Do you kind of know a little bit about history, but wish you knew more? Did you not like history in school, but now wish you’d paid more attention? Or do you just need a little refresher? This class is for you!

In this interactive class, conducted entirely online, Dr. Sean Munger will give you a crash course on the whole history of the world, in fifty bite-sized chunks carefully chosen to give you a broad grounding in the basics of the past—from the dawn of human consciousness right up to the present day. He will use his signature “geohistory” approach of showing you the real places associated with these events in history, via Google Maps software.

In five weekly sessions of an hour each, held online through Zoom software, you and your fellow participants will learn about the major highlights of the human past, why they happened, why they’re important, and what you should know about them: foundation of the world’s major religions and belief systems, the greatest achievements of science and technology, wars and upheavals, and the events that shaped our modern world. You don’t have to wade through a thousand-page world history textbook and weed through the chaff to get to what’s important. In addition to historical context, you’ll see sites researched and chosen by Dr. Munger for their significance. You cannot get this experience from books, TV documentaries or YouTube…it’s like having a guided tour with a history professor, except it’s not boring and you don’t have to leave home. (Especially if you’re sheltering-in-place from COVID-19).

This is not just a series of static video lectures. It’s an interactive class in real time. Discuss with your fellow participants! Ask questions! Follow up! A written guide will be provided. No “homework!” Even if you choose not to participate “live” and instead view the recorded videos, you will have special access to Dr. Munger for any discussion or follow-up questions you may have. He will even research specific questions for you, if you have them!


These are the ruins of the Temple of Hera on the Greek island of Samos. Did you know that science was basically invented here in the 6th century BCE?

This is a proven and unique concept in online teaching, combining history with geography through an online interface. The understanding you will get from this event is simply not available outside of a university (and in some cases not even there). [NOTE: there is no university or other scholastic credit associated with this course.]

Dr. Munger is deeply experienced in the online teaching of history, and making complex historical events understandable, interesting and real to learners of all ages and backgrounds, from high school to senior citizens.


  • Class I: The Ancient World. Why was the end of the Ice Age important in human history? Why did people settle down to start farming? How was writing invented? Who was Alexander the Great? How did the Roman Empire begin? What were the other important ancient societies?
  • Class II: Ages of Faith. How did the world’s major religions begin? What happened after Rome fell? Who were the Vikings? Why did the Crusades happen? Who was Genghis Khan?
  • Class III: Forging Modernity. How did the Black Death remake the world? Who were the Iroquois? How did Europeans begin colonizing the Americas? How did modern communications, banking and science develop?
  • Class IV: Age of Upheaval. Why did revolutions sweep the world in the 18th and 19th centuries? Who was Napoleon? How did climate change begin? Why were the U.S. Civil War and the unification of Germany important? What started World War I?
  • Class V: How We Got Here. Why did World War II and the Holocaust happen? Why were struggles for rights important in the 20th century? Who invented the Internet? How did the 9/11 attacks change the world?


The battle that occurred on this field in 1066 changed the course of world history. Why did it come down to this, and why is it still important? You’ll find out.

Some Places You Will See:

The sites for the course have been carefully chosen. Some the places we will visit–and which you will hear about and see through your computer–include:

  • The Bodhi Tree, in Bihar, India, under which legend holds that Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) found enlightenment
  • The Terracotta Army site, Xi’an, China, near where the first ruler to unify ancient China was buried
  • Charlemagne’s throne, Aachen, Germany, from which one of the most important people of the Middle Ages ruled a large part of Europe
  • L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland, where Vikings under Leif Ericsson were the first Europeans to live in North America
  • Woolsthorpe Manor, England, where Isaac Newton discovered gravity and developed modern physics
  • The room in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, where American independence was proclaimed and the U.S Constitution written
  • The Trinity site, New Mexico, where the world’s first nuclear explosion occurred
  • Wuhan, China, near where the novel coronavirus was first detected
  • And many, many, many more.


The class will meet on successive Saturdays beginning June 6, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM, Pacific time (skipping a week due to 4th of July). All meetings are virtual and occur on the web. Meetings are recorded and playback is available for those who miss specific sessions.

We all know what happened here on September 11, 2001. But how did it change the world so profoundly? This is one of the things you’ll learn in this class.


I taught a previous course online about the American Revolution. Here are some testimonials from students who took that course:

“As a long-time student of military history in general and the American Revolution in particular, I can say this was the most unique class I have ever taken.  Not just because it was an online class, but because of the superb way the class explored the political, economical, and cultural causes of the war…The genius of Dr. Munger in putting this all together into a challenging but thoroughly delightful class gave us a refreshing departure from the mundane lectures of facts and dates usually associated with history courses.  I fully enjoyed the class and would recommend anyone interested in history to partake of other course offerings by Dr. Munger.”

“Enjoyed the class very much.  Learned things that had never crossed my mind as a discussion point.  Definitely will take more classes from Sean, as he is an excellent teacher.  Makes things interesting with lots of side notes.”


The cost to participate is $175 for the full flight of 5 classes if you want to experience the sessions live. You will also have access to the videos.

If you want access to the recorded videos only, the cost is $105. You will receive the same written materials that all other participants do.

If you have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and cannot afford the tuition, email Dr. Munger and an alternative arrangement can be worked out (such as access to the course in exchange for testimonials). We do not want anyone who is interested in this class to be “priced out.”

You can pay by PayPal, here!

After you make your payment, please send me an email that confirms the email address you’d like the Zoom link and written materials to be sent to. This is required to keep the class secure.