The Great Courses: Modern History
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  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition |  The Great Courses, Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Gary W. Gallagher, Professor Patrick N. Allitt

    The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (43 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Gary W. Gallagher, and others
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Gary W. Gallagher, Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

    Had its Ups and Downs

    It is hard to review this course in whole since the three professors’ styles are so different but while I was hoping for more (the treatment of some e..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 01 2016 by Tommy D'Angelo (North Providence, RI United States)
  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History |  The Great Courses

    The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
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    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    This is how history should be taught

    This is how history should be taught -- not with presumption of knowledge, but with more questions and the attempt to answer such questions with all a..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 17 2015 by Becca ()
  • Turning Points in Modern History |  The Great Courses

    Turning Points in Modern History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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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.

    One of the best "Great Courses" I have listened to!

    I have quite a few Great Courses in my library, on a variety of subjects. This one is by far my favorite. Professor Liulevicius has a great voice whic..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 15 2015 by Nicole (Brooktondale, NY, United States)
  • World War II: A Military and Social History |  The Great Courses

    World War II: A Military and Social History

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas Childers
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    Between 1937 and 1945, approximately 55 million people perished in the series of interrelated conflicts known as the Second World War. No continent was left untouched, no ocean unaffected. The war led to the eclipse of Europe and the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as global superpowers; ushered in the atomic age; produced, in the Holocaust, the most horrific crime ever committed in the history of Western civilization, and led to the end of Europe's colonial empires around the world.

    Misleading title, but a good course

    The course is interesting and well performed. However, the title is misleading. It should read something along the lines of "The role of USA in the se..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2015 by O. D. S (Oslo, Norway)
  • Abraham Lincoln: In His Own Words |  The Great Courses, David Zarefsky

    Abraham Lincoln: In His Own Words

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Zarefsky
    • Narrated By Professor David Zarefsky
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    Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest public orators. The cadence, argument and power he brought to his speeches, like those of the Gettysburg address almost every American learns in school, still stir the hearts of not only Americans, but countless millions around the world. This series of 24 lectures examines Lincoln's rhetoric - the public messages in which he evolved his views on slavery and the preservation of the Union and by which he sought to persuade others.

    A master class in rhetoric from the man himself

    This recorded course from the spectacular Great Courses series serves as both a master class in the art of rhetoric, and a deep dive into the evolving..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 07 2013 by Quaker (United States)
  • A Brief History of the World |  The Great Courses

    A Brief History of the World

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter N. Stearns
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    The construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, the development of democracy in ancient Greece, the glories of ancient Rome-these stories are familiar to students of history. But what about the rest of the world? How do the histories of China and Japan, or Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions?Learn the rest of the story with these 36 riveting lectures that survey the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe.

    Global

    In the beginning of this course, Peter Stearns goes to great lengths to define what he means by World History, and talks about it as a recent developm..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2013 by Tad Davis (Philadelphia, PA USA)
  • Great Presidents |  The Great Courses

    Great Presidents

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allan J. Lichtman
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    Performance
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    The creation of the executive branch of government was one of the most audacious decisions in American history. The story of our greatest presidents create a narrative as compelling as an historical novel, and these 48 compelling lectures look at the lives, the achievements, and the legacies of those generally considered our 12 greatest presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan.

    I'm clearly in the minority here...

    I hate to diss someone else's hard work, but out of concern for other Audible shoppers, I have to say: this guy's delivery is beyond irritating. He ha..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 11 2016 by J. Houghton (Encino, CA USA)
  • The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917 |  The Great Courses

    The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert I. Weiner
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    Few periods of history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the long 19th century between 1789 and 1914. From the idealism of the French Revolution to the power of the Industrial Revolution to the chaos of World War I, this fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces formed the foundation for the modern world.

    A great historical overview with no academic pressure

    I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture series. Although this course had its fair share of specific dates and events, the context and overview of the time ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 15 2015 by Peter (LOS ANGELES, CA, United States)
  • European History and European Lives: 1715 to 1914 |  The Great Courses

    European History and European Lives: 1715 to 1914

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jonathan Steinberg
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    Meet 35 of the most influential people who lived during the 200 most difficult years in the history of the West. Between the years 1715 and 1914, the lives of these artists, writers, scientists, and leaders shaped our times and reflected their own.You'll meet such figures as Charles Darwin, Sir Robert Walpole, David Lloyd George, Mary Wollstonecraft, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, Napoleon Bonaparte, and others whose lives represent the crucial forces that shaped European history during two decisive centuries.

    Loved this!! Compelling, Intellectual and Fun

    I have listened to several great courses on history and have enjoyed them all, but this one really stands out. Professor Steinberg is a gifted intelle..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 24 2015 by Lisa ()
  • Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century |  The Great Courses

    Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    From the trenches of World War I to Nazi Germany to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the 20th century was a time of unprecedented violence. Yet while such monumental violence seems senseless, it is not inexplicable. If we can understand the origins of violence, we may prevent even greater horrors in the century to come. These 24 necessary lectures trace the violent history of the 20th century, beginning with its early roots in the American and, especially, the French revolutions.

    A Great Lecture Series

    The thread that haunted my understanding of modern history is why so many utopian dreams degenerate into mass murder, aggressive suppression of human..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 10 2013 by MasterPsych (Louisiana)
  • The Fall and Rise of China |  The Great Courses

    The Fall and Rise of China

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Baum
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    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    Offers excellent objective perspective!

    Objective perspective of the events and captured the essense of leader's characteristics.

    Reviewed on December 15 2013 by Yu-Chin (Porirua, New Zealand)
  • A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev |  The Great Courses

    A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Steinberg
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    It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet.Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice.

    Not story-telling but history-telling at its best
    Reviewed on October 22 2013 by Shah Alam (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire |  The Great Courses

    The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Learn About Great Britain from a Great Briton!!!
    Reviewed on April 26 2014 by Mike (New Jersey)
  • Victorian Britain |  The Great Courses

    Victorian Britain

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    This series of 36 fascinating lectures is a chronological journey into the story of Victorian Britain, from the unexpected ascension to the throne of teenaged Princess Victoria in 1837 to her death in 1901 as the Boer War neared its end.Presented with all of Victoria's strengths and foibles left intact by an award-winning teacher and author, the lectures invite you to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of her reign.

    Very good introductory course

    I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants a broad overview of Victorian England. Prof. Allitt covers a LOT of topics, but none in very much depth..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 08 2013 by Dulce (USA)
  • Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies |  The Great Courses, Robert Allison

    Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Allison
    • Narrated By Professor Robert J. Allison
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    The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade.

    Subject Matter is wonderful, Narrator no so much

    N/A

    Reviewed on February 25 2015 by Amazon Customer (ND)
  • The American Revolution |  The Great Courses

    The American Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo
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    Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history.

    A good military history of the American Revolution

    This book focused on the military, rather than philosophical or political, nature of the revolution. It still touched on some of those aspects, and ex..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 06 2015 by G. Freeman (portland, or)
  • Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution |  The Great Courses

    Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter C. Mancall
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    The years between 1760 and 1800 rocked the Western world. These were the years when colonists on the eastern fringes of a continent converted the ideals of Enlightenment thought first into action, then into an actual form of government. Now you can learn why this happened and how the colonists did it-in a series of 48 insightful lectures from an award-winning teacher and author.

    Fills a lot of gaps
    Reviewed on January 14 2016 by Amazon Customer (Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
  • Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights |  The Great Courses

    Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John E. Finn
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    The civil liberties and constitutional rights possessed by our nation's citizens-not only in theory, but in the courtroom, where the state can be forced to honor those liberties-are a uniquely American invention.And when we were taught history and learned about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, we were always made aware of that uniqueness, of the extraordinary experiment that gave to every citizen of this new nation a gift possessed by no others.

    Great Course. Good Narration.

    I'm only writing this review because I saw where another review stated how terrible the narration is. While it's true, the professor does correct hims..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 14 2013 by aaron (los angeles, CA, United States)
  • The American Identity |  The Great Courses

    The American Identity

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    What defines an American? Is it the love of liberty, the pursuit of justice, the urge to invent, the desire for wealth, the drive to explore, the quest for spiritual values? The paradox of American identity is that although the United States is a melting pot of many different traditions, motives, and ideals, there are nevertheless distinctive qualities that define the American character.

    Endlessly Fascinating and Entertaining Stories

    I have watched or listened to many of The Great Courses series, and Professor Patrick Allitt ranks among my very favorite professors. I had previously..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 23 2014 by Quaker (United States)
  • Robert E. Lee and His High Command |  The Great Courses, Gary W. Gallagher

    Robert E. Lee and His High Command

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Gary W. Gallagher
    • Narrated By Professor Gary W. Gallagher
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    Few events have captivated students of American history like the Civil War. Its most striking personalities seem somehow outsized, magnified beyond the ability of books or even legend to contain them. And few among those personalities have ever held our attention like General Robert Edward Lee.With his Army of Northern Virginia, Lee came to embody the cause of the Confederacy itself

    Excellent Review of Lee's High Command

    Professor Gary Gallagher (a very highly decorated, nationally renown history professor at the University of Virginia) delivers a fast-paced review of ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 20 2013 by Brad (Littleton, MA, United States)
  • Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln |  The Great Courses

    Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo
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    Five days after Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield, Illinois, John Locke Scripps, who had convinced Lincoln to write his first campaign autobiography, asserted that the 16th president had become "the Great American Man-the grand central figure in American (perhaps the World's) History." Historians still find it hard to quibble with Scripps's opinion."

    Great listen

    Loved it! It was well written and loved the insight into a great presidents life.

    Reviewed on September 09 2015 by Rick ()
  • The History of the Supreme Court |  The Great Courses, Peter Irons

    The History of the Supreme Court

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Peter Irons
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Irons
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    For more than two centuries, the Supreme Court has exerted extraordinary influence over the way we live our daily lives. This series of 36 clear and insightful lectures - delivered by an award-winning teacher and widely respected authority on the Supreme Court - answers many questions about the Court as it traces the development of the Court from a body having little power or prestige to its current status as "the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world."

    Professor's Bias Does Not Detract

    Though I've enjoyed quite a few TGC courses, this is the first time I have listened through a lecture series packaged as a "book" on Audible. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 26 2015 by Bill Martin (Florida)
  • The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11 |  The Great Courses

    The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Salim Yaqub
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    At the dawn of World War I, the United States was only a rising power. Our reputation was relatively benign among Middle Easterners, who saw no imperial ambitions in our presence and were grateful for the educational and philanthropic services Americans provided. Yet by September 11, 2001, everything had changed. The United States had now become the unquestioned target of those bent on attacking the West for its perceived offenses against Islam. How and why did this transformation come about?

    Hulk Smash! Hulk sorry :(

    Let me start by saying that I have a platinum audible membership which I renew several times a year (in other words, I have listened to hundreds of au..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 10 2015 by David Larson (Malibu, CA)
  • America and the World: A Diplomatic History |  The Great Courses

    America and the World: A Diplomatic History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
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    In barely more than two centuries, the United States evolved from a sparsely settled handful of colonies into the most powerful nation the world has ever known. How could such an implausible metamorphosis have occurred? These 24 insightful lectures address that penetrating question and many others. Professor Stoler offers you a fresh view of America's shift from the periphery of international politics to its very center as he explores the key components of American diplomatic history.

    FSOT Prep

    Very thorough and enlightening. Prof. Stoler has an artful approach to crafting lectures. By continually reinforcing chapter points with previous cour..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 26 2016 by ted ()
  • The Americas in the Revolutionary Era |  The Great Courses

    The Americas in the Revolutionary Era

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marshall C. Eakin
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    Go on an in-depth, 24-lecture exploration of important (and often overlooked) questions about the tumultuous political history of the Americas. Professor Eakin explains the cultural, economic, and political pressures each of these new American nations faced in achieving independence. In addition, he examines exactly why each revolution progressed, and succeeded or failed, as it did.

    Poor audio quality

    No, I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend.
    Well, it's not really the "audio quality" as much as the production value. To explain, after each ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 25 2013 by Tim (WOODSIDE, NY, United States)
  • War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000 |  The Great Courses

    War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    For much of the past five centuries, the history of the European continent has been a history of chaos, its civilization thrown into turmoil by ferocious wars or bitter religious conflicts - sometimes in combination - that have made and remade borders, created and eliminated entire nations, and left a legacy that is still influencing our world.This 36-lecture series from an award-winning teacher and honored scholar pursues an explanation for this chaos that goes beyond the obvious ones of political ambition, religious intolerance, the pursuit of state power, or the fear of another state's aspirations.

    A real quick-paced ovrview

    The back references to earlier occurring events and how those might have influenced more current decisions.

    Reviewed on December 11 2014 by Torsten Will ()
  • 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.

    Good Starting Place or Refresher

    I went to these lectures in order to brush up on my knowledge of London's history (which varies depending on the era from "rather expert" to "rather s..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 05 2014 by Amy (Granite Falls, NC, USA)
  • Turning Points in Medieval History |  The Great Courses

    Turning Points in Medieval History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong
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    For an accurate picture of how the political, social, and religious structure of present-day Europe came to be-and even why we're speaking English today-studying the key events between the years 500 and 1500 is of critical import. These 24 gripping lectures deliver an unparalleled look at these moments that profoundly changed the arc of history, and they weave the era's vast array of disparate events into an interconnected tapestry that illuminates why nothing exists in a vacuum.

    Great and clear voice, Easy to understand

    Professor Dorsey Armstrong has a clear and easy to understand way of bringing you information.
    This comes from a non English speaker.

    Reviewed on July 10 2015 by Christian M.F. Poulsen ()
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon |  The Great Courses

    Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Mostly French Revolution

    Whilst the course is about the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, it's primary focus is on the French Revolution. That being said, whilst I'm ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 12 2013 by Martin Lefebvre (Canada)
  • The Industrial Revolution |  The Great Courses

    The Industrial Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution.

    The story of human progress through technology

    In “The Industrial Revolution” lecture series Prof Patrick N. Allitt (professor of American History at Emory University) introduces the listener in 36..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 05 2014 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era |  The Great Courses

    America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Edward T. O'Donnell, PhD
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    America stands at a dramatic crossroads: Massive corporations wield disturbing power. The huge income gap between the one percent and the other 99 percent grows wider. Astounding new technologies are changing American lives.

    Another great course by Professor O'Donnell

    Professor O'Donnell's first series Turning Points in American History ranks among the best of the many The Great Courses series I have listened to, so..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 17 2015 by Quaker (United States)
  • A History of Eastern Europe |  The Great Courses

    A History of Eastern Europe

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, PhD
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    Eastern Europe has long been thought of as the "Other Europe", a region rife with political upheaval, shifting national borders, an astonishing variety of ethnic diversity, and relative isolation from the centers of power in the West. It has also been, and continues to be, pivotal in the course of world events. A History of Eastern Europe offers a sweeping 1,000-year tour with a particular focus on the region's modern history.

    "MODERN" History of Eastern Europe
    Reviewed on December 05 2015 by Brooke L. Morris (Philly)
  • The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature |  The Great Courses

    The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marc C. Conner
    Overall
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    Many political and cultural events sent shock waves through the Irish world in the 19th and early 20th centuries as Ireland gradually shook off the shackles of British rule. Alongside a long and painful political process arose one of the greatest flourishings of literature in modern times - a spirited discourse among those who sought to shape their nation's future, finding the significance of their bloody present intimately entwined with their legendary past.

    Please lose the background music

    This course was interesting enough, though I was expecting a much greater focus on history rather than literature. Still, the thing that really annoy..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 30 2016 by Mr. Tim Skirvin ()
  • A History of British India |  The Great Courses

    A History of British India

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Hayden J. Bellenoit
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    (46)
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    (44)
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    (44)

    No era is more pertinent to understanding how present-day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh evolved than the nearly 200 years of British rule. This colonial period was a time of deep change and transformation - for India and for the world. These 24 engrossing lectures offer you new perspectives on the history of European imperialism, on world economic history, on the features of British colonialism, and on the rich cultures of the Indian subcontinent.

    Good history - Annoying narration

    Very interesting for a newbie to this important and interesting history of the region. I found the narrator a bit annoying, especially, about 100 time..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 11 2017 by PETER (LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States)
  • America's Founding Fathers |  The Great Courses

    America's Founding Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Allen C. Guelzo
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Today, the US Constitution is the oldest, continually-operating instrument of government in the world. But to think of the Constitution as a fully-formed, canonical document is to miss out on an honest, well-rounded grasp of American history. Now, more than ever, any well-informed citizen should understand how the Constitution lives, breathes, and endures.

    Great lecture series

    This is a fascinating lecture series, even for someone like me with a deep if amateurish knowledge of the revolutionary and early republic period. The..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 21 2017 by D. Littman (OH)