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  • Language Families of the World

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 203
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
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Professor John McWhorter of Columbia University takes you back through time and around the world, following the linguistic trails left by generations of humans that lead back to the beginnings of language. Utilizing historical theories and cutting-edge research, these 34 astonishing lectures will introduce you to the major language families of the world and their many offspring, including a variety of languages that are no longer spoken but provide vital links between past and present. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Mark on 02-10-19

Excellent. As Expected.

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Reviewed: 03-12-19

Very enjoyable and informative.
I have high expectations for works by John McWhorter and I was not disappointed.

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  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,563
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sad it's over!

  • By Claudia Murray on 04-24-14

Excellent

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Reviewed: 11-17-18

Interesting material and fantastic presentation. I wish she had a follow-up course available covering the next time period.

  • The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

The word "barbarian" quickly conjures images of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan. Yet few people realize these men belong to a succession of nomadic warriors who emerged from the Eurasian steppes to conquer civilizations. It's a part of ancient and medieval history that's often overlooked, but for an accurate view of how the world evolved, it's essential. Covering some 6,000 miles and 6,000 years, this eye-opening course illuminates how a series of groups pushed ever westward, coming into contact with the Roman Empire, Han China, and distant cultures from Iraq to India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than You Ever Wanted to Know re Steppe Nomads

  • By Christopher on 09-25-14

Amazing.

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Reviewed: 03-17-17

Fascinating topic and a fantastic lecturer.

I am going out of my way to listen to other audio books by Professor Harl, even if the topics wouldn't otherwise be at the top of my list.