In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II.
As you follow Professor Bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, you'll learn about the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, including absolutism, scientism, rationalism, capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, and totalitarianism. You'll investigate the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more. You'll also make sense of the European ideologies of government, including the rule of law, the concept of "the consent of the governed," taxation, an independent judiciary, and other concepts. You'll explore the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism. And you'll witness the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them.
Rather than offering a laundry list of dates, events, and famous individuals, Professor Bartlett leaves you instead with an understanding of historical and social causality. More important: He offers you the chance to experience Europe's development from a European perspective.
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A fine job with the dominant European cultures, such as Britain, France, and Germany, with less emphasis on the other European states.
Excellent, detailed book but maybe better read than listened to, I found myself tuning out at times as although I was interested in the content it wasn't always exciting or engaging.
The lecturer knows his subject and speaks comfortably. I knew very little about European history before listening, but feel I could contribute to an intelligent conversation now. I like how he explained the circumstances on how specific wars started-- from early history to both world wars. Especially eye opening was how Darwinism, Marxism, and other European philosophers of pre World War I shaped thought of the day that set the stage for both WWI and WWII. He made the topics flow naturally into on another, to show how Europe has evolved.
Professor Bartlett organized his course around the religious, social and scientific beliefs and theories that emerged and morphed during the long period under review. The emerging value systems challenged the orthodoxy of the time and explain the conflicts and insurrections that mark Europe's history and justify its characterization as "the dangerous continent."
Professor Bartlett's lectures were well organized and well-delivered with occasional snippets of wry humor. A very competent treatment of the subject matter!
I loved this course! I used it for studying for my AP European History class, and it was insanely helpful.
Along the lines of a Western Civ class.
Along the lines of a Western Civ class. The professor does a great job discussing the underlying developments and themes of European history.
All of it
i loved it.
This is wonderful and is a perfect recap. I wish everyone had listened to this.
It was easy to understand and follow.
I love History and the way it has been presented.
Congratulations to Professor Kenneth R. for a great work!
He is idiotic to the point of distraction. He should read a book now out of print by Rudolf Flesch called How to Be Brief.
I couldn't listen long enough to find them.
"A book of important insights that are important."
As a sociologist I found the book to be full of illumination and a rich data source. Highly recommended listen.
"Good review of European history"
clear delivery and concise and interesting content
all of it
Anyone should listen who wants to back up his knowledge of European history
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