Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world.
This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.
As you listen to the series, you'll begin to grasp not only the history of Western civilization, but the meaning of civilization itself, as this grand narrative of the past five centuries creates a coherent context for the period's events and trends, and offers an analysis of what these five centuries have bequeathed to us. Lecture by lecture, you'll explores the ideas, events, and characters that modeled Western political, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, scientific, technological, and economic history between the 16th and 20th centuries. You'll learn how Western civilization was shaped by the low as well as the mighty, the practical as well as the artistic. You'll gain a larger understanding of the political, social, and cultural events that shaped Europe. And you'll explore the ramifications of these epoch-making events on the rest of the world, including the United States.
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I teach history at a community college and thus enjoy historical non-fiction. I also enjoy a good mystery novel from time to time.
I am a community college history professor. I normally teach US History survey courses but I recently found myself tapped to teach Western Civilization Since 1660. My specialty is military history, so I am good with European History from Napoleon to World War Two, but a little rusty on things that happened prior to that. I haven't had a Western Civ class since 1997, so I knew I needed to brush up. I started listening to this course with the intention of only listening to the first third of it, but I found that I liked the professor's style and the next thing I knew, I had listened to all of it! He gives you the big picture, but he also works in funny anecdotes and stories from everyday people. In other words, exactly what good professors do. His delivery style is good and I found it both entertaining and informative. He is funny too! He has some great one liners that you really have to pay attention to catch. Overall, I certainly recommend this. Yes, he may be a little biased towards England, but all historians have their biases. At least he admits his. I would definitely listen to another of his courses, even if it was a subject that did not really interest me that much, simply because I like his style.
Quite a good intro. Heavy on some topics, rather light on others, but overall very enjoyable. Except for the last chapter, where all the philosophizing on the meaning of civilization left me cold.
Other than that, and up to that point, it does the job very well.
I loved this audiobook all throughout, the professor is an excellent performer and the lectures were really easy to follow through. I am no expert in history, some will argue about the content but for me it was an excellent way to start digging on international history for the first time. I recommend this book a lot.
He spoke clearly.
I wish it were slightly less war-focused. He covered other areas of society besides war, but I wish the balance would have included more art, music, architecture, and writing.
This speaker continually interjects his politics into his narrative. Typical leftist academic:it's all about them and their moral superiority. Very annoying and distracting fromthe fascinating history that is so relevant to who and what we are today. To the narrator:we laymen are perfectly capable of drawing our own moral and ethical conclusions pertaining to our history, and making judgements about the validity of our culture. Keep yourself off the page, please!
This was really a beautiful survey course, delivered with passion and intelligence. while arguably weighted towards British history at times, the lecturer admits to the influences of his own historical speciality. Nevertheless, the course follows the events and trends that have shaped today and tries to extract truthes that inform our modern perspective. I really enjoyed the course, and expect I will be going back through the materia and finding areas I would like to delve deeper into. Very well done.
This great effort to resume almost 20 centuries of civilization issues needs to be relistened taking notes and choosing more books to read. It's a very good way to get a panoramic view and decide a period or topic to specialize.
Thanks, really enjoyed all the great parts that I never fully understood. I'd definitely recommend this book to people looking to better understand the last 500 years.
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