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The Story of Civilization, Volume III The Making of the Modern World

Narrated by: Kevin Gallagher
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
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Children should not just read about history, they should live it. In The Story of Civilization, author Phillip Campbell's historical expertise and story-telling ability make history come alive like never before. 

The Story of Civilization emphasizes presenting world history as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world.  

Volume III: The Making of the Modern World continues the journey where Volume II left off amidst the Renaissance, quickly diving into the history-altering events of the Reformation. This fracturing of the Church dramatically altered the course of modern Europe and the world at large. This volume brings us through present-day Europe, showing us the effects of two world wars and how the Church responded to these changing times.  

Have you always wanted your children to learn about world history from a Catholic perspective? Here, you’ll have the trusted resource you’ve always wanted. Children will meet great figures like Sts. Pius V, Thomas More, John Vianney, and Margaret Mary Alacoque, as well as powerful leaders like Napoleon and Kings Henry VIII of England and Louis XIV of France.  

Did you know…

  • Columbus called Native Americans “Indians” because he thought he had landed in India?
  • Henry VIII was once known as “Defender of the Faith”?
  • Five popes were known as the “prisoners of the Vatican” because they never left the Vatican grounds for 60 years?
  • King Louis XIV was known as the “Sun King” because of the bright brilliance of his palace at Versailles?
  • The Soviet Union built what was called “the Iron Curtain” behind which they ruled half of Europe?  

Embark on the journey now to learn of all these wonders and more!

©2018 Phillip Campbell (P)2018 TAN Books

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TAN Nails It Again

This is our family's fifth foray in the TAN Books history curriculum series. The two Story of the Bible volumes. And now the 3 Story of Civilization volumes by Phillip Campbell. I can't state enough how great these books (and audiobooks!) are, and how much it means to have a solidly Catholic history curriculum for our children to learn from. These volumes from Campbell do not gloss over the uglier, messier parts of Catholic history, but they give Catholicism "a fair shake" compared to the blatantly anti-Catholic materials out there from other publishers.

It seems that each of these 5 volumes has gotten better and better. Perhaps part of it is that more recent history is more appealing, but saying that would do a disservice to the previous volumes which were wonderful in their own right. These audiobooks are enjoyable for kids and adults alike. The production quality is some of the best I've ever heard - with music, sound effects and character voices that might skew toward the younger crowd a little - but only a little. The scenes are vivid and the narrator is easy to listen to - keeping the stories alive with realistic character voices from different times and places. It beats the socks off of nails-on-the-chalkboard things the kids usually want to listen to. Plus, we get the benefit of knowing that they are learning real history, without it corroding respect for the massively positive influence the Church had on western civilization for centuries and centuries.

I'm learning history more now than I did when I was in school. Thank you TAN!

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Very entertaining

Very nice and educational for people of all ages.I would recommend this to my friends.

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The Story of Civilization, Volume |||

A very informative history of Civilization of the world during The Renaissance and The Reformation, and into the modern era, I suggest this book the people of all ages.

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good western civilization for kids

This is a good modern history of Europe for children especially in middle school. It presents a side or view not often seen in school text books, but that's great, as often that is biased as well.
As with the others, this is a dramatized recording. I HATE the horrible accents they use for people from different countries (as if they'd be speaking broken English in accents).
also disappointed they decided to separate American and European history in volumes 3 and 4.
still, I value it and my kids love it.

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