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The Conservative Tradition

A thorough understanding of Conservatism's lineage, principles, and impact on history is essential to making sense of the 21st-century political dialogue-a dialogue that consumes the television you watch, the newspapers you read, and the radio you listen to.No matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum, these 36 lectures will intrigue you, engage you, and maybe even provoke you to think about this political philosophy in an entirely new way.
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A thorough understanding of Conservatism's lineage, principles, and impact on history is essential to making sense of the 21st-century political dialogue-a dialogue that consumes the television you watch, the newspapers you read, and the radio you listen to.

No matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum, these 36 lectures will intrigue you, engage you, and maybe even provoke you to think about this political philosophy in an entirely new way.

In crafting his exploration of just why this has happened, Professor Allitt has specifically designed his lectures to be objective, neutral, and intellectually satisfying for every viewer and listener - whatever their ideological outlook. Using an easygoing and engaging style, these lectures show you how Anglo-American Conservatism developed and evolved in both Great Britain and the United States; how traditional Conservatism produced evolutionary variants like Neoconservatism and Libertarianism; and the provocative ways in which Conservatism has interacted with differing political philosophies. Following the fascinating history of Conservatism, you'll also meet the widest possible range of thinkers and practitioners behind the Conservative tradition, including John Stuart Mill, Ayn Rand, Francis Schaeffer, Adam Smith, Henry Adams, Alexander Hamilton, William Pitt the Younger, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, H.L. Mencken, William F. Buckley Jr., Ludwig von Mises, and Friedrich von Hayek.Whether you consider yourself a Liberal or a Conservative-or something in between-these lectures can make you a more effective and informed citizen, armed with a sharpened understanding of the ways in which this philosophy has influenced events around the world.

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.

©2009 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2009 The Great Courses

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    Robert LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-01-14
    Robert LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "you don't need to be a conservative to enjoy."
    Where does The Conservative Tradition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found this very interesting, going in I knew very little about conservatism or it's founding ideas as a political philosophy. The course goes into detail from it's history in the UK to the States and around the world. very comprehensive.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the amount of information covered is very impressive.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Patrick N. Allitt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very entertaining Professor.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    the links between the US and UK


    Any additional comments?

    if you are interested in politics, even if your viewpoint is not necessarily conservative - check it out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Smith Salt Lake City 07-27-13
    Ted Smith Salt Lake City 07-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Superb in All Respects"
    Where does The Conservative Tradition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten percent


    What did you like best about this story?

    Professor Allitt knows his subject, which is highly compelling. Conservatism has a strong philosophical core, which is well-presented here.


    What does Professor Patrick N. Allitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Beautiful English accent combined with deep understanding of America.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    HIghly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 03-31-14
    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 03-31-14 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to The Conservative Tradition again? Why?

    Yes. I have already listed to it twice and will again. I do listen at 1.5x speed since most lectures are somewhat slow of speech. My comprehension went way up when I did not have to wait as long for completion of an idea. I actually listened to a major part at 2x but I may be A.D.D.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Coming from a center-left general outlook I wanted to understand many of the contradictions (hypocrisy?) of conservative thought. Professor Allitt expanded the various threads in conservative thought and helped me see how many of these branches are diametrically opposed to each other. I was not being fair by forcing all these individual threads into a single bucket. It was not hypocrisy I was seeing but it was my own prejudice. Now when I listen to conservatives I try to understand what branch this person represents and I often find some common ground. Excellent work Dr. Allitt!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not applicable. Non-fiction.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Would be a documentary not a film.


    Any additional comments?

    I have done a lot of teaching company lecture series, this is one of the best!

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    Jonathan ARLINGTON, VA, United States 09-26-13
    Jonathan ARLINGTON, VA, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Excellent Historical Look at Conservatism"
    Would you listen to The Conservative Tradition again? Why?

    I would listen to this audio book again, but I would skip through certain chapters. Professor Allitt gives a very in depth history of the political tradition. He covers a great deal of British conservatism, which I didn't find as relevant or interesting if you have no connection to the UK. It was still a great lesson.


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