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Would you listen to Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past again? Why?
I was aware that Professor Guelzo was a renown Civil War scholar, and I had listened also to the excellent job he did on his American Revolution Great Courses audio. Turns out that he has an incredible breadth of knowledge of history spanning the world and all periods. This course is not for everyone. It is for those who deeply appreciate history and who want to delve more into how historians have thought over the years and how the presentation of history has evolved over the years. Those who are patient will be amply rewarded.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Even thought all periods of history are covered, I still like the lectures on Greece and Rome, including Heroditus, Tacitus, and the lessons of the ancient Greek Wars.
What does Professor Allen C. Guelzo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Professor Guelzo clearly appreciates this topic and the great historians of the past. His enthusiasm is contangious.
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I could not finish the course. The man is just too pompous and enamored of the sound of his own voice. There are interesting insights, though. But the course is more a mediocre summing up of world history than a reflection on the evolving understanding of the nature of history.
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