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Turning Points in Modern History | [The Great Courses]

Turning Points in Modern History

This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed. Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation.
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This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed.

Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation. You'll also witness turning points with repercussions we can only speculate about because they are still very much in the process of turning.

Professor Liulevicius doesn't merely recount the greatest events of history, but rather has selected true catalysts in provoking changes in worldview. Some of the events you'll investigate, including the discovery of the New World and the fall of the Berlin Wall, will immediately resonate as watershed moments. The global significance of other pivotal events may only become apparent through the detailed analysis contained in these lectures, such as the publication of the Enlightenment-era Encyclopédie and the Russo-Japanese War - which has been historically overshadowed by the two world wars that followed.

As you discover how turning points such as the discovery of penicillin and the opening of East Berlin hinged on chance, accident, and, in some cases, sheer luck, you'll realize how easily history might have played out differently.

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.

©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses

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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 03-02-15
    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent perspective on world history"

    I've listened to several Great Courses and this may be my favorite. I enjoyed the world perspective as opposed to a concentration on European history. And, I enjoyed thinking about the instructor's reasons for adding something out of history to his list of Turning Points. Often, this was something new to me, but all were treated with an insightful perspective. Very enjoyable!

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    P. Kraver 05-17-15
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    "Excellent throughout"

    One of the best courses I've listened too. Great job. Didn't want it to end! I was a little worried that he would have an accent from the sound of his last name but there was no accent at all.

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    Ben 03-29-15
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    "Interesting..."

    Well presented. Very enjoyable and informative. Interesting view on what constitute some great changes in our more recent history.

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    The course was fast paced with a good amount of detail. It seemed very thorough in the beginning and sort of sped up to wrap at the end. Very interesting and worth the listen!

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    "Educational and enjoyable"

    Excellent selection of content and highly entertaining in his delivery. Professor Liulevicius offers one of the best audiobooks I have acquired from the Great Courses series.

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    Dianne 07-04-15
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    "Educational and enjoyable"

    Wonderful narrator as well and his lectures were engaging ... keeping the timeline and stories relevant and connected.

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    "Beautifully surprising!"

    He did a great job on that one. At the same time he covers and entangles a lot of modern history, in a graceful manner, and manages to talk about non-obvious turning points mostly. On the 1.5x speed I went through 5+ hours in one day... pure delight!

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    "The Best Yet."

    This is the single most interesting Great Courses lecture series I have listened. I approach most of these like a college course that must be soldiered through for the sake of self-improvement. This was like a best seller with a tremendous amount of substance.

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