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  • The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War | Fred Anderson

    The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    Michael says: "A thorough and absorbing history"
  • World War One: A Short History | Norman Stone

    World War One: A Short History

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Norman Stone
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    In 1914, a new kind of war came about, bringing with it a new kind of world. World War One began on horseback, with generals employing bayonet charges to gain ground, and ended with attacks resembling the Nazi blitzkriegs. The scale of devastation was unlike anything the world had seen before: 14 million combatants died, a further 20 million were wounded, and four empires were destroyed. Even the victors' empires were fatally damaged.

    Tad Davis says: "Well told, well narrated; needs maps"
  • World War Two: A Short History | Norman Stone

    World War Two: A Short History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Norman Stone
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming. The results, as eminent historian Norman Stone describes in this authoritative history, were disastrous. In World War Two, Stone provides a remarkably concise account of the deadliest war of human history, showing how the conflict roared to life from the ashes of World War One.

  • What Is America: A Short History of the New World Order | Ronald Wright

    What Is America: A Short History of the New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ronald Wright
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Ranging with dazzling expertise through anthropology, history, and literature, Wright reconfigures our self-perception, arguing that the "essence" of America can be traced to the foundations of our history--literally to the collision of worlds that began in 1492, as one civilization subsumed another--and exploring how these currents continue to shape our world.

    rm3154 says: "insightful overview"
  • The Lowdown: A Short History of the Origins of World War I | John Lee

    The Lowdown: A Short History of the Origins of World War I

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By John Lee
    • Narrated By Steve Devereaux
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    Many of us know that the First World War began when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo in June of 1914. But have you ever wondered exactly what chain of events led up to the incident that caused the whole world to erupt into one of the bloodiest conflicts in our history?

  • A Short History of the Twentieth Century | John Lukacs

    A Short History of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Lukacs
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    The historical twentieth century began with the First World War in 1914 and ended seventy-five years later with the collapse of the Soviet Empire in 1989. The short century saw the end of European dominance and the rise of American power and influence throughout the world. The twentieth century was an American century-perhaps the American century.

  • Breve storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale vol. 3: La battaglia della Marna: [A Short History of World War I, Volume 3: The Battle of the Marne] | Piero Di Domenico

    Breve storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale vol. 3: La battaglia della Marna: [A Short History of World War I, Volume 3: The Battle of the Marne]

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    • By Piero Di Domenico
    • Narrated By Lorenzo Visi
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    La battaglia della Marna segnò più che una sconfitta tedesca una sconfitta della strategia della Germania, che si ritrovò invischiata in un conflitto che ormai ave-va preso una piega ben diversa da quella immaginata inizialmente a Berlino. Il filosofo francese Henri Bergson intravide nella battaglia della Marna i segni di un miracolo già avvenuto: “La battaglia della Marna è stata vinta da Giovanna d’Arco”. Lo sentiva anche il nemico, che si era trovato d’improvviso di fronte ad un muro di pietra sorto dalla sera alla mattina.

  • World War Two: A Short History | Norman Stone

    World War Two: A Short History

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    • By Norman Stone
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    A pacy, compelling and penetrating account from Wolfson Prize-winning author Norman Stone, that shows World War Two in a fresh new light. After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming.

  • The Lowdown: A Short History of the World Cup | Mark Ryan

    The Lowdown: A Short History of the World Cup

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    • By Mark Ryan
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    Every four years, cities and villages all over the globe come to a standstill to watch the most passionate sporting spectacle on earth: football’s World Cup. A TV audience of 260 million people watched the World Cup final between Italy and France in 2006. The audience around the world for the games in the tournament came to a cumulative 5.9 billion in 54 countries. And 41% of those television viewers were women. Records will probably be smashed yet again at World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World | The Great Courses

    London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

    Cynthia says: "Walking through London/Two Millennia"
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