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    • The History of the Sunni and Shia Split

    • Understanding the Divisions within Islam
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Different branches of the same religion are the exception more than the rule, and they have had a profound impact upon history. The schism between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches influenced relationships between nations across Europe, and religious intolerance based on different Christian faiths led to persecution and outright violence across the continent for centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent preface to making sense of intl news.

    • By Jan on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    • The History of the Turkish Empire’s Creation and Its Destruction Over 600 Years Later
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Mark Norman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In terms of geopolitics, perhaps the most seminal event of the Middle Ages was the successful Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1453. The city had been an imperial capital as far back as the fourth century, when Constantine the Great shifted the power center of the Roman Empire there, effectively establishing two almost equally powerful halves of antiquity’s greatest empire. Constantinople would continue to serve as the capital of the Byzantine Empire even after the Western half of the Roman Empire collapsed in the late fifth century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Helps to understand the area and it's rulers

    • By Eddy on 07-27-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Sumerians

    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Mesopotamian Empire That Established Civilization
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When American archaeologists discovered a collection of cuneiform tablets in Iraq in the late 19th century, they were confronted with a language and a people who were at the time only scarcely known to even the most knowledgeable scholars of ancient Mesopotamia: the Sumerians.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love these

    • By amy on 12-14-16
    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Mesopotamian Empire That Established Civilization
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Release date: 04-07-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 108 ratings

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    • William Henry Harrison

    • The Life and Legacy of the First American President to Die in Office
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When one is looking quickly over the lives of the Presidents of the United States, it is easy to overlook William Henry Harrison. After all, he only served as the Chief Executive for 30 days, and he spent the majority of those in bed, fighting for his life and eventually losing. However, to ignore Harrison because he served such a short time in the White House is just as foolish as ignoring Patrick Henry or Alexander Hamilton because they were never elected to the nation's highest office.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great informative Indian battles and history but

    • By Kaye Spitzli on 05-05-18

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    • The Nag Hammadi Library

    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Gnostic Texts Rediscovered in the 20th Century
    • By: Charles River Editors, Gustavo Vazquez-Lozano
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although all the titles of the Nag Hammadi library are not known, many people have heard about its most famous components: The Gospel of Thomas - at one time it was discussed whether it should be included in the New Testament - and The Gospel of Philip, which tried to revive the debate around the identity of Mary Magdalene: "Why do you love her more than all of us?" asks a disconcerted Peter to Jesus. Finally, the Nag Hammadi texts have led many scholars to reconsider the rigid canons imposed by the early Church, and the readers to find a more intimate religion that turned upside down many postulates of Christian orthodoxy.  

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Review of codices, but not the Nag Hammadi Codices

    • By Andrew Raimon Savage on 07-22-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Native American Tribes: The History and Culture of the Navajo by Charles River Editors

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Since the first contact between natives and settlers, tribes like the Sioux, Cherokee, and Navajo have both fascinated and perplexed outsiders with their history, language, and culture. In Charles River Editors' Native American Tribes series, readers can get caught up to speed on the history and culture of North America's most famous native tribes in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

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    • The Ten Lost Tribes

    • The History and Mystery of the Lost Tribes of Israel
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Gordon Greenhill
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the eighth century BCE, one of the most important provinces within the Assyrian Empire was Samaria. Also known as Israel, Samaria repeatedly rebelled against their Assyrian overlords, but in 722, the Assyrians overran Samaria once and for all, killing countless numbers and sending most of the rest of its inhabitants into forced exile.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Eh.

    • By Jerry on 10-16-15

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    • The Partition of British India

    • The History and Legacy of the Division of the British Raj into India and Pakistan
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Thanks to its commercial complexion and the power invested in a board of directors, British rule in India was characterized by economic monopolies, aggressive trade practices, punitive taxation, and the impoverishment of vast regions of India. Much of the company's industry was based on a policy of producing and exporting raw materials from India, and importing manufactured goods to satisfy an almost unlimited local market.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not worth the read

    • By Anonymous User on 12-15-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Unification of Germany: The History and Legacy of the German Empire’s Establishment

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Unification of Germany: The History and Legacy of the German Empire’s Establishment looks at the life and work of Germany’s most famous politician and how Germany was unified. You will learn about German unification like never before. 

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    • The Hundred Years War

    • The History of Europe's Most Famous War of the Middle Ages
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Saethon Williams
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although it ended over 550 years ago, the Hundred Years' War still looms large in the historical consciousness of England and France, even if the name of the famous war is a misnomer. Actually a series of separate conflicts between the English and French monarchies, interspersed with periods of peace, its historical image is an odd one, in part because its origins were based on royal claims that dated back centuries.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good learning opportunity

    • By Jan on 12-26-16

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    • Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence

    • The History of the Famous King of Scots' Rise to Power
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Though it's often forgotten today, Robert the Bruce was a bit shiftier, if only out of necessity. Robert the Bruce has become a figure of Scottish national legend, renowned as the man who threw off the shackles of English oppression. Prior to 1306, this Anglo-Scottish nobleman did little to cover himself in glory or to earn a reputation as a hero of the national cause. A member of one of Scotland's leading noble families, Bruce inherited his grandfather's claim to the right to be king of the Scots.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not quite on topic.

    • By Katie on 05-27-17

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    • Notre-Dame de Paris: The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Cathedral

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Notre Dame de Paris, in particular, is a curious specimen of this variety. Every surface, every stone of this venerable pile, is a page of the history not only of the country, but of science and of art. Thus - to mention here only a few of the chief details - whereas the small Porte Rouge almost touches the limits of 15th century Gothic delicacy, the pillars of the nave, by their massiveness and great girth, reach back to the Carlovingian Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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    • Celtic Mythology and the Religion of the Ancient Celts

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Daniel F. Purcell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • not what it seems

    • By Shilo Flowers on 02-05-16

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    • The Tower of London

    • The History of England's Famous Landmark
    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Tower of London is one of the most historic sites in all of England and still one of the most popular. All around is the modern city of London, one of the world's most prosperous and power financial districts, but the Tower is still a daunting structure that looms across the landscape. Not a single structure but a vast network of medieval and early modern fortifications, it anchors the southeastern end of the old city and controls access to the River Thames and, through it, London's connection to the sea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting.

    • By Susan Keefe on 05-17-15

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    • The Rothschild Family

    • The History and Legacy of the International Banking Dynasty
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Rothschild dynasty of power and wealth would not only become a force to be reckoned with in the banking industry, but they would also become the ceaseless subject of scandal, conspiracy theories, and awe.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good short intro / visit to this history

    • By Philo on 12-19-16

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    • The Origins of Ancient Greek Mythology

    • The History of the Titans and the Greeks' Creation Story
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Most commonly known as the antagonists of the pantheon of gods led by Zeus, the Titans embody "unrest" and "transience" for the modern listener, but for reasons less than the obvious. History, after all, is the story of the winners, and the world of the ancient Greeks was a world of a very real, highly querulous pantheon that it behooved ancient writers to glorify in their works.

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    • Eridu

    • The History and Legacy of the Oldest City in Ancient Mesopotamia
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Emerging from the desert flats of southern Iraq can be seen the remains of a large mound, approximately 1750 feet x 1750 feet in size, surrounded by several smaller mounds. Known today as Tell Abu Shahrain, or in the ancient world as Eridu, this site contains some of best examples of the Ubaid culture, and it was one of the first urban centers of civilization in southern Mesopotamia, if not the first itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bringing past into focus

    • By John N. on 04-19-17
    • The History and Legacy of the Oldest City in Ancient Mesopotamia
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Release date: 02-03-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

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    • Alfred Nobel: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Scientist and the Nobel Prizes

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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    It may seem paradoxical that the man behind the world’s most famous peace prizes was the same one who invented dynamite, yet this is exactly the case. Alfred Nobel: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Scientist and the Nobel Prizes examines the life and work that made Nobel one of history’s most important scientists. You will learn about Nobel like never before.

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    • The Belgrade Offensive

    • The History and Legacy of the Campaign to Liberate Yugoslavia’s Capital from the Nazis During World War II
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Mark Norman
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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    The Belgrade Offensive of 1944, while not considered one of the greatest and most important battles of the Second World War, was definitively an important moment of the war in the Balkans and marked the final defeat of the Axis in Southeastern Europe. 

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    • Yellowstone National Park: The History of America's Most Famous Park

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Diane Lehman
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The United States is full of natural wonders, but few rival Yellowstone National Park, which is full of features that led Native Americans to believe the land was possessed by spirits and compelled people who heard accounts from white explorers to assume the explorers had suffered hallucinations. Today, of course, all Americans are instantly familiar with the name Old Faithful, and even among those who have never visited the park, Yellowstone is practically synonymous with its geysers.

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