Alexander the Great, Jesus, Darwin, and Churchill are just a few of the many politicians, religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, authors, inventors, and generals who transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. Now, with this unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog, meet the remarkable people without whom the world would never be the same.
You'll examine the world that was dramatically reformed by a particular individual, or plunge into a defining moment in an individual's life, or learn how an individual went on to influence some of history's other great revolutionaries. Most importantly: you'll come away with a thorough understanding of why history is so indebted-for better or, in some instances, for worse-to these 36 epic figures, including Socrates, Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln, and Mohandas Gandhi. You'll also encounter figures that you may not have considered to be so revolutionary.
It takes a great professor to help you understand what makes a single person change the world. To that end, we've assembled individual lectures from some of our most highly rated and beloved professors and instructors. Drawn from a range of academic fields (including military history, science, literature, religious studies, and philosophy), each professor lends his or her expert knowledge and teaching skills to making this an authoritative learning experience.
Countless adventures await you with this carefully crafted look at titanic historical figures. If you have a friend who is new to The Great Courses, this collection makes for an accessible and rewarding first step into lifelong learning.
©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By mr on 06-12-14


Good overview, introduced me into a few new interesting charachters. It does lean heavily towards scientists, which whilst it makes, I had not anticipated.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 06-03-18

Surprisingly interesting

Didn't expect anything different being a compilation of lectures but I hadn't listened to over half of them and the others were a good review from previous lectures

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 16-10-14

A hodgepodge

This is an anthology of lectures pulled from other Great Courses. Apparently, someone decided on a list of revolutionary figures and then went in search of lectures that mention those people.

Unfortunately, the lecturers do not know that they are supposed to be talking about how or why these people were revolutionaries. Also, since the other courses vary in topic from art, history and politics it gives a very uneven feel to the work.

I couldn't finish it and would not recommend it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Tina A on 08-04-15

Disorganized Mishmash

I was very disappointed with this. This was snippets of chapters from many courses. Kind of just a middle lecture promising either to tell more of the story in a future lecture or not having a clear beginning. Some of these were boring- if you are looking for life and times of these leaders this will not suffice. Some were even very insignificant contributions. This one was a waste of time and of one credit. I learned very little.

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