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36 Revolutionary Figures of History

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Alexander the Great, Jesus, Darwin, and Churchill are just a few of the many politicians, religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, authors, inventors, and generals who transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. Now, with this unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog, meet the remarkable people without whom the world would never be the same.

You'll examine the world that was dramatically reformed by a particular individual, or plunge into a defining moment in an individual's life, or learn how an individual went on to influence some of history's other great revolutionaries. Most importantly: you'll come away with a thorough understanding of why history is so indebted-for better or, in some instances, for worse-to these 36 epic figures, including Socrates, Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln, and Mohandas Gandhi. You'll also encounter figures that you may not have considered to be so revolutionary.

It takes a great professor to help you understand what makes a single person change the world. To that end, we've assembled individual lectures from some of our most highly rated and beloved professors and instructors. Drawn from a range of academic fields (including military history, science, literature, religious studies, and philosophy), each professor lends his or her expert knowledge and teaching skills to making this an authoritative learning experience.

Countless adventures await you with this carefully crafted look at titanic historical figures. If you have a friend who is new to The Great Courses, this collection makes for an accessible and rewarding first step into lifelong learning.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Sean BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States 10-16-14
    Sean BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A hodgepodge"

    This is an anthology of lectures pulled from other Great Courses. Apparently, someone decided on a list of revolutionary figures and then went in search of lectures that mention those people.

    Unfortunately, the lecturers do not know that they are supposed to be talking about how or why these people were revolutionaries. Also, since the other courses vary in topic from art, history and politics it gives a very uneven feel to the work.

    I couldn't finish it and would not recommend it.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    george Bathurst, Australia 11-16-14
    george Bathurst, Australia 11-16-14 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cut and Paste version will disappoint!! (Again)"

    This and its companion 36 Books that Changed the World, is a compilation of material created for clearly different purposes and then pasted together under a flimsy rationale. I bought both, excited by the potential, but was very disappointed. GREAT COURSES has produced many excellent, educational and informative lecture series - this is NOT one.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tina A 04-08-15
    Tina A 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disorganized Mishmash"

    I was very disappointed with this. This was snippets of chapters from many courses. Kind of just a middle lecture promising either to tell more of the story in a future lecture or not having a clear beginning. Some of these were boring- if you are looking for life and times of these leaders this will not suffice. Some were even very insignificant contributions. This one was a waste of time and of one credit. I learned very little.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 01-04-15
    Emma 01-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Variety"

    I really liked this Great Course because it was 36 different lecturers talking about what they know best. There were a few historical figures I thought were missing (why a lecture on Churchill but not Lenin or Stalin or FDR?) but that's going to be the case in every series like this. What I loved was the variety of characters discussed: world leaders, artists and writers, philosophers, religious icons, scientists... It was a very rewarding listen.

    Only thing to be aware of is that the lectures each individually come out of other courses, so occasionally the lecturer will refer to that course or reference previous or upcoming lectures that you aren't privy to. Otherwise really solid.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 01-03-15
    Alex 01-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "36 History All-Stars"

    A well documented but brief review of the accomplishments and driving ideals of thirty-six of history's most important people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pegeen 01-03-15
    Pegeen 01-03-15

    reading is pure joy

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    "too disjointed and random out of context"

    this is a collection of parts from full courses. i knew that but expected more of an effort to create a semi-unified product. Some were great some were hardly understandable out of context. Too many were victims of forest for the trees because they had been plucked out of context. I would recommend a full course rather than these samplers -- now that I have sampled them I really do like the Great Courses and if this is all you have tried -- instead try the real full course (s) you are interested in.

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    Owen T. 04-26-16
    Owen T. 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Smart Work"

    Very informative.
    The professor's voice on the Churchill section was a bit jarring, though.
    Enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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    D 03-31-16
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    "COMPLETELY USELESS"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Including more than 3 women in the list of revolutionary historic figures.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Pick different subjects and more than 2 female lecturers.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 36 Revolutionary Figures of History?

    Thomas Aquinas, Roger Williams, Samuel Slater, Immanuel Kant.


    Any additional comments?

    Hey, did you all know that women have contributed NOTHING to history? Like NOTHING. This is what The Great Courses: 36 Revolutionary Figures of History thinks. Halfway through and not a SINGLE female subject. Tell me Isabella of Castille (financier of the trip to the new world, originator of the Spanish Inquisition, responsible for driving the Moors and Jews from Spain), Queen Mary I or Elizabeth the First, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Lucretiza Borgia made NO impact on history (and these are just the women of a small segment of a couple hundred years, in Europe)...like none. No, let's talk about Thomas Aquinas. A MINOR Christian scholar who founded a religious order.

    And apparently the only women worth mentioning are Harriet Beecher Stowe, Queen Victoria, and Margaret Thatcher. Did you know we went thousands of years until the year 1852 before a woman ever made a revolutionary novel? Sucks to be Lady Murasaki, I guess. Or any woman of color, come to that. Or any South American, sub-Saharan African, non-Chinese Asian...

    And I notice that only 2 female scholars make the list ever in these compilation lectures (the same two, incidentally from 36 Books That Changed The World). They are excellent lecturers, to be sure (I subsequently bought Turning Points in Medieval History thanks to that series), but there are NO other woman scholars that are notable? None. Really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharad maheshwari 03-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Not at all what I expected"
    What disappointed you about 36 Revolutionary Figures of History?

    Disjointed lectures where speaker keeps referring to it past or future lectures which you don't have.


    Has 36 Revolutionary Figures of History turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Considering it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    36 narrators, which one.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    This is cheating, I assume a lecture series to be start to end as one unit but here you get 36 disjointed blips of history, very poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Simonsen 04-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Super fun synopsis of Great Courses history set"

    If you're like me and listen to course after course, this is a fun one for the comparative aspect. Some of these I'd heard previously in their full lecture, others helped me find lectures I wanted to dive into in more depth.

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    "Good"

    Good overview, introduced me into a few new interesting charachters. It does lean heavily towards scientists, which whilst it makes, I had not anticipated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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