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In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II.

As you follow Professor Bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, you'll learn about the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, including absolutism, scientism, rationalism, capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, and totalitarianism. You'll investigate the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more. You'll also make sense of the European ideologies of government, including the rule of law, the concept of "the consent of the governed," taxation, an independent judiciary, and other concepts. You'll explore the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism. And you'll witness the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them.

Rather than offering a laundry list of dates, events, and famous individuals, Professor Bartlett leaves you instead with an understanding of historical and social causality. More important: He offers you the chance to experience Europe's development from a European perspective.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

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The Development of Some European Civilizarion

A fine job with the dominant European cultures, such as Britain, France, and Germany, with less emphasis on the other European states.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Nat
  • Santa Clara, CA, United States
  • 05-03-16

10/10 would recommend

I loved this course! I used it for studying for my AP European History class, and it was insanely helpful.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating subject, well presented

The lecturer knows his subject and speaks comfortably. I knew very little about European history before listening, but feel I could contribute to an intelligent conversation now. I like how he explained the circumstances on how specific wars started-- from early history to both world wars. Especially eye opening was how Darwinism, Marxism, and other European philosophers of pre World War I shaped thought of the day that set the stage for both WWI and WWII. He made the topics flow naturally into on another, to show how Europe has evolved.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Course

Overall, this is an interesting course and was worth my time. The goal of the course is to explain the development of European civilization over an approximately five hundred year period. The course assumes a basic knowledge of European history, so this is not the place to start if you do not already have a good overview. I'm docking the course one star because the professor is at times a little too opinionated or conclusory in his interpretation of events. I like this course best for the way that it pulls different aspects of European history over the last half-millennium into one course with an attempt to weave the experiences of disparate groups into one. He achieves this by looking at the development of Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England for the most part. Again, this is not for a beginner in history, but it provides new perspectives to people with a good basic understanding of European history.

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Interesting synthesis

What other book might you compare The Development of European Civilization to and why?

Along the lines of a Western Civ class.

Any additional comments?

Along the lines of a Western Civ class. The professor does a great job discussing the underlying developments and themes of European history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent survey course

Professor Bartlett organized his course around the religious, social and scientific beliefs and theories that emerged and morphed during the long period under review. The emerging value systems challenged the orthodoxy of the time and explain the conflicts and insurrections that mark Europe's history and justify its characterization as "the dangerous continent."
Professor Bartlett's lectures were well organized and well-delivered with occasional snippets of wry humor. A very competent treatment of the subject matter!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous course in content, organization, delivery

Would you listen to The Development of European Civilization again? Why?

Absolutely the best audio course that I've ever had.<br/>I will listen to it again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Development of European Civilization?

Understanding the development of the different empires of Europe

Which scene was your favorite?

How the German and Austrian empires development.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Clarity of organization of information of all of the major empires of Europe.

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Very detailed but a little boring to listen to

Excellent, detailed book but maybe better read than listened to, I found myself tuning out at times as although I was interested in the content it wasn't always exciting or engaging.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Excellent and highly enjoyable. Never drags and holds something for any person. Buy the course

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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right wing, eurocentric, Whig history

lots of loaded terminology and right liberal biases in the latter section of the course. he is very knowledgeable though. worth listening to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter Craig
  • 02-10-15

A book of important insights that are important.

As a sociologist I found the book to be full of illumination and a rich data source. Highly recommended listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • DB Forrest
  • 03-18-15

Good review of European history

What made the experience of listening to The Development of European Civilization the most enjoyable?

clear delivery and concise and interesting content

Who was your favorite character and why?

na

What about Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett’s performance did you like?

all of it

Any additional comments?

Anyone should listen who wants to back up his knowledge of European history

2 of 2 people found this review helpful