United States | Member Since 2007
I enjoyed this book, and all the richness of historic information about the importance of the drinks that moved and drove the world. I will never look at a cup of tea, coffee or coke the same way again.
This great course is truly worth going through if you want to understand the details, the reasons and effects of World War II on all fronts, linking it to its predecessor and focusing chronologically on the events of the war.
This course opened my eyes on the belief system of Judaism. The professor is probably the most qualified in this course than all the other Great World Religions courses, because it seems that he is a devout practitioner.
As a Muslim, I wanted to understand how Islam is being presented to non-Muslims in an academic way. This is fairly accurate on the fundamentals, but there were several points I would have wanted to correct the professor at, especially in the second half of the course.
The Hindu system of polytheism can be a little hard to comprehend, especially when you realize they believe in a pantheon of tens of millions of deities. This course does a great job explaining the fundamental teachings of Hinduism, but it isn't all encompassing.
While explaining the various Christian churches, it gets a little jumbled. Otherwise, this course is a decent introduction.
Buddhism was mostly a mystery to me until I listened to this course and learned more about the rich tradition they have, as well as their view of the greater universe.
China is one of the most interesting and long-running civilizations in the world. This course covers the history of the Kingdoms before the Chinese unification, and move us through a rich history with colorful characters all the way to the twentieth century. I strongly recommend it for interesting presentation and thoroughness.
It starts off with courses explaining some theories regarding fossils and primitive communities in Africa, but seems to jump around a lot and skip to European colonization and slavery. It is still informative, but is more likely to be seen as a study of the folly of European colonization in Africa.
I have always heard of the formation of the United States, slavery, the Constitution, the Civil War, the reformation, the Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars from the perspective of the United States. This book takes all of those, plus everything in between, and sets it up in an easy to understand framework. If you are a history buff, this is a piece of history you cannot afford to overlook, no matter how much you think you know (or care) about it.
This course seems to focus more on different topics (naval battles in one lecture, air combat in another lecture, the German economy in a third lecture...) than get into the chronological details of the war from beginning to end.
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