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The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History | [The Great Courses]

The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.
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Publisher's Summary

History is made and defined by landmark events - moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us

  • spiritual and political ideas;
  • catastrophic battles and wars;
  • scientific and technological advances;
  • world leaders both influential and monstrous; and
  • cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

Now a series of 36 captivating lectures explores some of the most important and definitive events in the history of the world - events after which our world would never be the same.

Taught by a remarkably gifted teacher with more than 25 teaching awards to his credit, these lectures form an intriguing and engaging tour of thousands of years of human history, from the creation of the Code of Hammurabi to the Battle of Lexington to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and beyond. It's a chance for you to gain new insights about world history from a truly riveting historian.

Using his expert knowledge and impressive ability to draw out invaluable lessons from the past, Professor Fears has chosen the events he discusses based on three criteria: how the event in itself fundamentally changed history, how the aftermath of the event changed history, and how the event and its impact still resonate with us today.

The result is a comprehensive and authoritative selection of subjects, each of which played a crucial role in transforming human civilization. Whether the event is an obvious or not-so-obvious choice, Professor Fears takes great care to tie each to the 21st century, pointing out just how influential these and other moments were in shaping who we are and how we live.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

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    stacey ann lippert 11-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Prof. Fears should be required listening."
    Have you listened to any of Professor J. Rufus Fears’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As usual, he delivers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I wish.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish all teachers I've had shared his zeal for teaching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Weber Westfield, IN USA 02-10-14
    J. Weber Westfield, IN USA 02-10-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent and insightful"
    What made the experience of listening to The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History the most enjoyable?

    The professor was engaging, dynamic and made interesting points. He described the downline implications well and plausibly as well as situating the occurrences among the contemporary history.


    What other book might you compare The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History to and why?

    What if? just because it describes pivotal moments in history that had far reaching impact.


    Have you listened to any of Professor J. Rufus Fears’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would listen to him in a heartbeat.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 10-17-13
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History to be better than the print version?

    Haven't seem the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The speaker was very knowledgeable. Did not get stuck on any one era, except too much emphasis on modern America. Disagree with some of his choices, Michelangelo can not have the same impact on history that the invention of: railroads, steam engines, corporations, radio, television, or the internet.


    What about Professor J. Rufus Fears’s performance did you like?

    Very passionate.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-28-13
    Matthew AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-28-13
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    "*not actually history"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor J. Rufus Fears?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor J. Rufus Fears’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History?

    The bible stories


    Any additional comments?

    I was pretty disappointed to hear Prof. Fears telling the story of the Jews in Egypt and the first Passover as if these were historical events; they're not. I thought I was getting a serious history course, not a sermon or a course on myth and legend. If you're looking for a serious course presented with academic rigor, this isn't it. I'd like to get my credit back, honestly.

    12 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Centurion, South Africa 05-20-14
    Philip Centurion, South Africa 05-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent but forgettable"

    This course is not a write-off, but I find it hard to recommend to anyone. My instinct is to say if you are looking for a decent primer on major historical events, with an eye towards delving more deeply into the topics that interest you afterwards, you should pick this up. However, I can't bring myself to doing that.

    For my liking, the courses are much too heavily influenced by the lecturer's Christianity and, to a lesser extent, his American patriotism.

    Another issue for me was that I simply disagreed with much of what he had to say about certain topics. When covering areas where I am fairly well versed, such as ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, I did not agree with his interpretation or presentation of the facts.

    This is not to say that he is completely wrong. He obviously knows his stuff and is never flat-out wrong about the facts, but I just didn't care for his approach all that much. I'd recommend listening to the lectures on Jesus and Constantine, which are some of the most arguably controversial. If his treatment of those topics don't bother you, you might enjoy the whole course.

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    Michael 04-08-14
    Michael 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "J. Rufus Fears = Great teacher, Great story teller"
    Where does The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the topic, but I'll listen to anything J. Rufus Fears teachers.


    What about Professor J. Rufus Fears’s performance did you like?

    Best story teller I've ever listened to. I love his approach to history and his ability to make history feel timely.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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