European political history taken to the next level
This is a higher level, more in depth study than most of The Great Courses on Audible. I suppose it ranks lower than others on the "entertaining" scal..Show More »e, but higher on the depth of information scale.
Bucholz has written some respected texts, but in this series he has relied on outdated research.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 »ough, but by the time he got to Edward VI it was clear he had read no recent historical writing; he repeated the myth that Edward was weakly from birth, that Northumberland had conspired to put his son and daughter in law on the throne, and a number of other inaccuracies. Finally I had to stop listening. There are better books out there: David Loades' books on each of the Tudor monarchs are excellent, readable, and well-researched, Diarmuid MacCulloch wrote a good one on Edward, Dale Hoak's Age of Henry VIII is both interesting and easy to listen to.
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 » a good listen. And I was rewarded many times over. History I knew but only in a narrow context, people I'd heard of but not in any solid context, and events also, came together in a worldwide story. I kept thinking "of course!" as the course unfolded. Having now been to Central and South America quite a few times, this course has really added a great deal to my appreciation of all the Americas, North to South, and how, when and why we all got here, and more interestingly, how our history has been shaped.
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 »one that I will recommend because the content points to history's treatment of people who dare to think differently than society's norm.
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 »g, but this has really fleshed them out for me (and made me shake my head over them a lot more than I previously had!).