This is my second, all time favorite history course thus far. I have only been a patron of the Great Courses for about 7 or 8 months when my favorite ..Show More »podcaster mentioned they were now on Audible. I highly recommend this particular course. The professor is very good at what he does, captivating, interesting, and knowledgeable.
Quite a good intro. Heavy on some topics, rather light on others, but overall very enjoyable. Except for the last chapter, where all the philosophizin..Show More »g on the meaning of civilization left me cold. Other than that, and up to that point, it does the job very well.
It starts off with courses explaining some theories regarding fossils and primitive communities in Africa, but seems to jump around a lot and skip to ..Show More »European colonization and slavery. It is still informative, but is more likely to be seen as a study of the folly of European colonization in Africa.
A previous reviewer criticized the overwrought delivery on the part of this lecturer, and I failed to heed the warning, in part because a second revie..Show More »wer rolled out an enthusiastic defense. From the sample, I thought I could manage. Wrong.
I hate to criticize a man who is obviously a good scholar, an enthusiast, and probably a fine, lively teacher in the flesh. But I'm afraid this venture just didn't work out. Perhaps at the publisher's urging, the material has been way, way over "popularized."
The thespian antics, wry chuckles, and jokiness seem aimed to hold the attention of a room full of six-year-olds. I almost picture the lecturer with hand puppets.I don't mind a bit of oomph and personality in a lecture. But this is so distracting I find it nearly impossible to grasp the content, which may be very good--but I'll never know.
There may be audience for this. If others feel differently, I hope they will write in. Perhaps I'm just old and mean, but I prefer scholarly lectures as I prefer a martini--straight up and dry, thank you.
This series of lectures is an unapologetic look at warfare as a human condition which explores the ways it developed technologies from the stone age u..Show More »p to the 2000's and how it influenced, and was influenced by, economic, political, social and religious factors.