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

The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Now a series of 36 captivating lectures explores some of the most important and definitive events in the history of the world - events after which our world would never be the same.

Taught by a remarkably gifted teacher with more than 25 teaching awards to his credit, these lectures form an intriguing and engaging tour of thousands of years of human history, from the creation of the Code of Hammurabi to the Battle of Lexington to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and beyond. It's a chance for you to gain new insights about world history from a truly riveting historian.

Using his expert knowledge and impressive ability to draw out invaluable lessons from the past, Professor Fears has chosen the events he discusses based on three criteria: how the event in itself fundamentally changed history, how the aftermath of the event changed history, and how the event and its impact still resonate with us today.

The result is a comprehensive and authoritative selection of subjects, each of which played a crucial role in transforming human civilization. Whether the event is an obvious or not-so-obvious choice, Professor Fears takes great care to tie each to the 21st century, pointing out just how influential these and other moments were in shaping who we are and how we live.

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

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    mike 01-28-15
    mike 01-28-15
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    "Entertaining but biased/lacking veracity"

    Listening to this course I'd a little like listening to tales from a grandparent. you'd be foolish to disregard them all together but equally silly to not follow up in the details for external verification. it felt like a lot of the author's personal bias bleed through in many of the topics and more than once my personal research turned up discrepancies or a less consensus than the narrator implied. It seemed more ad libbed than say a read book might and that might be the problem for me. I was looking for a summary of a number of events and instead I got a man's interpretation of those events. If that's what you are looking for this is a great listen for you. Personally I was disappointed.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    LK CO 04-28-17
    LK CO 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Marred by religious bigotry"

    Good presentation, but disappointing in its casual Islamophobia and anti-Catholicism. I may not purchase another course by Professor Fears

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    J 02-16-17
    J 02-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Get past the first 10 minutes - and it is awesome."
    What made the experience of listening to The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History the most enjoyable?

    The amount of information and facts was great - but the lecturer was incredible at tying together themes and threads of activity across time and geography - that puts events into a context that is entirely surprising.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History?

    When the lecturer was describing the original codification of law - in 1750 BC - and how directly that maps to current concepts and ideas in our legal system. This is the first time I really grasped how historical ideas 3-4 thousand years old still apply directly.


    What about Professor J. Rufus Fears’s performance did you like?

    At first I thought he sounded a bit 'pompous' - almost british upper class - but after 20 minutes this gave way to a sense that his style was as much or more about his excitement for the topics himself. By midway I was totally hooked on his unusual delivery style.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The connection between the orginal laws written down by Hamarabi (sp?) - and how they relate to our current laws.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a perfect example of content that I needed to stick with for 15-20 minutes. initial I thought - "oh, this isnt quite right for me"...but I stuck with it ... then I found myself totally absorbed by it. Worth sticking with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mudir Soroor Planet Earth 11-05-16
    Mudir Soroor Planet Earth 11-05-16 Member Since 2013

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    "A Western Perspective and Biased"

    Most of the events presented dealt with the western hemisphere and/or were relevant mostly to the western interests!

    Although he tried to give Islam and its civilization some attention, he was unable to be fair enough and give it the proportion of attention it deserves!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gleb 10-28-16
    Gleb 10-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It could be acceptable for a grade 5 class room"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think some kids loving fairy tales could enjoy it. For sure it should be targeted to kids and listed as a "funny stories" rather than a lecture.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe provide a target audience in the book description. Author is good story teller but not a historian. And please how one can say anything like "American language is the main language in the world" (something close to it). It is English language.


    What about Professor J. Rufus Fears’s performance did you like?

    He was entertaining and enthusiastic enough and some people could like it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History?

    Almost everything since it is not history.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not recommend it as a historian book. If you want to listen some "funny stories" based on historical events mixed with words how great are United States it is for you.

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    ONTTO 10-18-16
    ONTTO 10-18-16
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    "Mistitled Book"

    This book should have been titled: "America was never the same: Events that changed American History " This book which proports to be about world history takes an American slant on all events. It's not what I expected from the title of the book. This is the worst Great Courses book that I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Carty 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining, but biased"

    This was certainly an entertaining listen, but it had less of a scholarly approach than I have come to expect from this series. The lectures focus on events that have impacted American/Western civilization, with a couple of religious exceptions. To be fair, the lecturer states his bias up front, but I still found the lectures to lack nuance.
    Overall, these lectures take a narrative approach to explaining history, so they are entertaining, but not as educational as other courses on this topic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    earl r. cook 06-24-16
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    "The world was never the same:Events that changed history."

    Professor J. Rufus Fears was one of the best lecturers I have ever heard. He is remarkably candid and always gets the point across. He makes studies very easy to comprehend with a sense of humor. A fantastic professor!!!!!

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    Jayme Hayes 06-08-16
    Jayme Hayes 06-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing; very religion-centric"

    I found this book very disappointing. There was little history, and that was well salted by myths, fables, and speculation presented as fact. Large sections of the first three hours were simply credulous readings out of the bible, or Torah, recounted as if they were uncontested histories. If I had known this was a "history of the world as told by important events in religious books" I would never have purchased it. First great course I have not finished. I honestly wanted my money back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Cape May, NJ, United States 04-09-16
    Dianne Cape May, NJ, United States 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating history"

    I would have loved to have a professor like Professor Fears when I was in college. If I had, I might have decided to change my major to history. He brings to life with great reality, color, and sometimes humor, 36 events and people who impacted world history forever. I have listened with enjoyment and new insight to his lectures several times, and they will be a permanent audible on my iPod.

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