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The Development of European Civilization

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

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    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 02-23-15
    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2007
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    "The Development of Some European Civilizarion"

    A fine job with the dominant European cultures, such as Britain, France, and Germany, with less emphasis on the other European states.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nat Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-03-16
    Nat Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "10/10 would recommend"

    I loved this course! I used it for studying for my AP European History class, and it was insanely helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jess 02-19-16
    Jess 02-19-16
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    "Very detailed but a little boring to listen to"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 09-22-16
    Dianne 09-22-16
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    "Fascinating subject, well presented"

    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.

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    Palmer2010 01-17-15
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    "Interesting synthesis"
    What other book might you compare The Development of European Civilization to and why?

    Along the lines of a Western Civ class.


    Any additional comments?

    Along the lines of a Western Civ class. The professor does a great job discussing the underlying developments and themes of European history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Powers 08-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"
    What did you love best about The Development of European Civilization?

    Everything


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it


    Have you listened to any of Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is wonderful and is a perfect recap. I wish everyone had listened to this.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M.E. UK 09-05-16
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    "Excellent survey course"

    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!

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    Marco 08-22-15
    Marco 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Great!"
    Where does The Development of European Civilization rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was easy to understand and follow.
    I love History and the way it has been presented.


    Any additional comments?

    Congratulations to Professor Kenneth R. for a great work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    martin 11-19-15
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    "Pompous and verbose."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The fatuous.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Of course.


    What didn’t you like about Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't listen long enough to find them.


    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DB Forrest
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    "Good review of European history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Development of European Civilization the most enjoyable?

    clear delivery and concise and interesting content


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    What about Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett’s performance did you like?

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    Anyone should listen who wants to back up his knowledge of European history

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