London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Robert Bucholz
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.
Professor Bucholz takes you through the history of this magnificent metropolis, from its birth as an ancient Roman outpost to its current status as a global village. You'll study the many epic chapters in British and world history - including the English Renaissance, the turmoil of the English civil war, and the epic conflicts of World Wars I and II - through the lens of this amazing capital.
What makes the course unique is that it takes you deep into the streets of London during formative periods in its history. Professor Bucholz continuously emphasizes the importance of understanding and experiencing the sights and sounds of London as it was lived by its residents. You'll come to know what daily life was like in historical London, learning the secret histories behind places such as Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and London Bridge.
This unforgettable look at an unforgettable city will undoubtedly delight and surprise you. By the final lecture, you'll come to realize just what Samuel Johnson meant when he famously declared, "there is in London, all that life can afford."
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Profoundly detailed and riveting in its delivery, London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World is a series of essential lectures by The Great Courses and narrated by Professor Robert Bucholz. This historical audiobook gives a wholly informative look at the history, culture, noteworthy figures and influence this vast city has had. From the very beginnings of tribal inhabitants to the sprawling metropolis it is today, in this book Bucholz paints a wonderfully accurate picture of London through the ages. A necessary component to a historical audio library. Available now from Audible.

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Enjoyable until..

Would you listen to London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World again? Why?

Yes. I have worked in London for 35 years and was interested to learn more about the places I know.


What did you like best about this story?

Learning about the history of all the familiar places.


What about Professor Robert Bucholz’s performance did you like?

His enthusiasm and personal knowledge of London.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No idea.


Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this until the last couple if episodes when a number of factual errors made me doubt the veracity of the whole thing. So The Dave Clark 5 were from Tottenham not Tooting, the Labour election victory in 1964 was not a landslide, the O2 is not the O squared and so on.

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- Dusty Raven

Wonderful overview of historical London

I enjoy listening to The Great Courses series and was drawn to this one as being a native Londoner, I enjoy learning more about this wonderful city. This gave a very concise and detailed history of London, and included interesting little nuggets of information about certain monuments, buildings and details about the human side of history too. Professor Bucholz presents this course in a very engaging way, although his accent did start to niggle at me after a while. Overall though a very good listen.
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- Louise Armitage

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses