The Great Courses: Renaissance & Early Modern History
Books in series8
ORIGINAL
(4.3 based on 357 ratings)
  • The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean | The Great Courses

    The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett
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    Take a riveting tour of the Italian peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome. In these 24 lectures, Professor Bartlett traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people.

    Great course with some redundancy

    No. With so much information contained in these lectures, one cannot properly gain enough knowledge without some written material. Simple things like,..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 04 2014 by Listen (VICTORIA, BC, Canada)
  • A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts | The Great Courses

    A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
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    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    During the 229-year period from 1485 to 1714, England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called "the first modern society" and emerged as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.Those years hold a huge and captivating story. The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two civil wars, a series of violent religious reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two of the most powerful monarchs on earth.

    Old-fashioned and inaccurate

    Bucholz has written some respected texts, but in this series he has relied on outdated research. His lectures on Henry VII and Henry VIII are sound en..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 26 2014 by E. Stein (Bedford, NY)
  • Conquest of the Americas | The Great Courses

    Conquest of the Americas

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marshall C. Eakin
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    Was Christopher Columbus's voyage to the Americas in 1492 the most important event in the history of the world? Professor Eakin's provocative answer is a resounding "Yes" - as he presents his case in an intriguing series of 24 lectures. These thoughtful lectures will remind you that when Columbus completed his voyage, he found a people unlike any he had ever known, living in a land unmentioned in any of the great touchstones of Western knowledge. You'll learn how the European world, animated by the great dynamic forces of the day, Christianity and commercial capitalism, reacted to Columbus's discovery.

    a new perspective for me

    Having realized that I knew a lot of European history, and that I knew next to nothing about Central and South America, I thought this course would be..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 07 2014 by E. Faller (Connecticut, USA)
  • The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition | The Great Courses

    The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz
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    Performance
    (41)
    Story
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    Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishments in art, architecture, music, and literature.Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational - with mystics who have visions of the divine and entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse.

    Great Courses Are wonderful

    This is not the first course that I have taken from Great Courses. The company provides almost effortless learning in many fields.
    This course is ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 13 2013 by Pamela (Prospect, TN, United States)
  • The Other 1492: Ferdinand, Isabella, and the Making of an Empire | The Great Courses

    The Other 1492: Ferdinand, Isabella, and the Making of an Empire

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz
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    Performance
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    Story
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    Ask anyone about the significance of the year 1492, and you're almost certain to hear something about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the New World. But there is also a perspective on 1492 far different than the one most of us know-one that is more complete and complex. A 1492 when there was no country called Spain and no language called Spanish.

    hard to follow.

    Great Courses yes, Professor Ruiz no.

    Reviewed on August 19 2014 by Marc (La Verkin, UT, United States)
  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations | The Great Courses

    The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew C. Fix
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
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    Between 1348 and 1715, western Europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals. Yet the Europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization.

    Excellent! (...but the ending could be improved)

    No idea. I didn't read the print version.

    Reviewed on September 12 2013 by Carlos Perry (New York, NY United States)
  • The Italian Renaissance | The Great Courses

    The Italian Renaissance

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett
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    Performance
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    The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures.

    Great Course but need written text
    Reviewed on July 04 2014 by Listen (VICTORIA, BC, Canada)
  • The Age of Henry VIII | The Great Courses

    The Age of Henry VIII

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dale Hoak
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    Performance
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    Story
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    Henry VIII, who ruled England for almost four decades, provokes questions. What is greatness? How should we judge character? Who or what can be said to "make" or cause history? England's most famous king ruled an island only about the size of Pennsylvania, 500 years ago - yet he remains instantly recognizable to this day. In this series of 24 revealing lectures, an honored teacher offers an intimate portrait of the monarch who, in a recent biographer's words, "changed the heart, mind, and face of Britain more than anything between the coming of the Normans and the coming of the factory"

    Fascinating and enthralling!

    This book is a prime example of history being far more far-fetched than fiction could be. I was familiar with all the characters from previous readin..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 18 2013 by Fara (Longmont, CO, United States)