Within this series of 48 lectures, you'll discover the many ways in which Western civilization has addressed those questions, from its first stirrings in the great river valleys of Iraq and Egypt in 3000 B.C to the beginning of the 17th century and the dawn of the modern world. Your learning will cover vast amounts of territory and thousands of years, beginning in the ancient Near East and moving to Greece and then Rome. You'll explore ancient empires, including those of Persia, Alexander the Great, and Rome.
You'll watch as western Europe gradually expands, both physically and culturally. And you'll examine the globalizations of Western civilization with the Portuguese and Spanish voyages of exploration and discovery.
This broad and panoramic series, ripe with the telling detail on which history can turn, will help you pull an enormous sweep of history together into one coherent - though by no means closed - framework as you watch history develop under the influence of such critical factors as ecology and environment, geography, and climate; government and economics; technology; religion; work and leisure; philosophy; literature; art and architecture; and virtues, values, and aesthetics.
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an eye opening book! loved it. I highly recommend it. it inspired me to learn about a lot of other topics for which I had to stop this book and investigate those topics further..then I would return back to this book to continue.. as a result it took me a year to finish this book and 10 others (including : the persian empire , foundation of eastern civilization , off the edge of the map , a short history of nearly everything )
I've been a member here for a few years now. Nothing will ever replace printed books for me, but I do enjoy lots of things Audible has!
This is my second, all time favorite history course thus far. I have only been a patron of the Great Courses for about 7 or 8 months when my favorite podcaster mentioned they were now on Audible. I highly recommend this particular course. The professor is very good at what he does, captivating, interesting, and knowledgeable.
A wealth of material is very well organized and presented in bite sized lectures. The presenter grabs your attention and delivers a story with a style that epitomized my idea of the ideal professor. Get this course, you won't regret it.
I feel very scattered after listening to this...a LOT of history...yes I managed to take plenty in but I found FX Noble's voice and delivery off-putting, sometimes hesitant and difficult to follow because one line of thought is interrupted with name dropping outside of the sequence and maybe it's something about his syntax...pushed my way through it but i would look for a different lecturer next time.
This question is not applicable to this title or most other audio courses. Would listen to other courses by this professor.
Sections covering the Greek and Roman cultures, including the decline of Rome, were especially interesting.
Good, enthusiastic speaker. Well organized and he makes clear the main, take-away points, which is so important for an audio course.
History of the World Part I ... Maybe Monty Python and the Holy Grail
I'm interested in the subject matter but can barely focus on what's being said because the speaker is so irritating. It's like he's trying to get a class of 8 year olds interested in history by being the cool professor, but all he is really succeeding in doing is dumbing material down and delivering information very poorly. I'm really struggling to make myself listen to this one.
A very clear and coherent summary of the foundations of Western Civilization from the beginning of civilization in Mesopotamia to the 16th Century.
A very good overview of the important events and developments over time. Necessarily leaves out a lot of detail in order to cover such a vast expanse of time and space.
I strongly recommend this lecture series to people who have some very rudimentary knowledge of Western History, and would like to learn more.
Not sure I am going to get past the 1st lecture. The lecturer delivers words in bursts with seemingly random pauses that make listening hard work. Arbitrary reppition of words is an annoying device that adds to the hard work. Dissapointed.
"General Outline of western history"
These lectures cover all the aspects of western history. Naturally they're not very detailed. By it serves as a start point so one can have a general idea of what time period what happens.
The downside for me would be some of the names are very difficult to remember, so it's kind of hard to remember whose idea is what at a later lecture. Another thing is, the narrator sometimes spoke too slow or even paused for no apparent reason (not like give audience time to think). On the topic front, it's probably just me, I was totally lost in the lectures about philosophy, the great thinkers.
"Well told and very interesting"
If you're interested in history but never had the time to study it, curious about the Greeks, Romans, the church and just how Europe came to be how it is? If you kind of know the famous names and event and phrases but not really in any great detail or context then you'll love this relatively unbiased appraisal of western history. Brilliantly told and engaging.
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