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  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

  • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

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  • Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone

  • By Quaker on 11-04-13

Selected events

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I've read many of the negative reviews given and would like to say, I found it obvious that Fears did not mean this series to be the 36 events above all others that changed history. As he lectures he mentions other events, such as genetic research, as history changing, but does not include it in this list of 36. Fears is a masterful speaker and teacher. His attention to wisdom and justice lends him the air of philosopher at times, but he believed as the ancient historians did, that history was a vessel by which wisdom traveled and woe to the people who do not learn its lessons.

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