The Decisive Battles of World History : The Great Courses: Military

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete Ph.D. University of Michigan
  • Series: The Great Courses: Military
  • 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Throughout history, military engagements have altered the course of historical events, causing major changes both on a global scale (the battles of Yarmouk & al-Qadisiyyah in 636 determined the religious/linguistic orientation of the Middle East that persists today) as well as within individual cultures (the 1836 battle of San Jacinto gave the United States nearly one-third of its continental territory). For these reasons and more, the study of pivotal battles is a highly useful analytical tool and an important component for understanding world history.
In these 36 dynamic lectures, Professor Aldrete leads you in discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world. Across 4,000 years of history, you'll explore nearly 40 key military engagements, from the milestone battles of Western civilization to their counterparts in the Middle East, India, and Asia.
Through his dramatic and evocative descriptions, using special maps and animations, Professor Aldrete brings the events vividly alive, taking you through the moment-by-moment unfolding of each battle. Throughout the lectures, he uncovers fascinating background material that highlights the drama, poignancy, and scope of the experience of war. This engrossing course provides unique insights into world civilizations by revealing the profound impact of military battles in human history.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Good insight into great battles

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

didn't finish this one as it got a bit much towards the end. A big problem with audible in general is that the chapter numbers give no indication as to what they contain. For a book like this, chapter titles are important as there is no index one can consult to establish where particular information is. This is a problem with all non-fiction on Audible

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- gordon

Simply Brilliant! 10 Stars...

What a brilliant and a fabulous piece of work by Prof Gregory! It amazing how he gives apt details of all the described wars. Apt because it is neither superficial nor too elaborated to get boring.
Prof Gregory has not only exhibited his deep and genuine excellence as a great historian but also demonstrated what a fantastic story teller he is. For me, listening to this book was a fabulous journey, both educational and intriguing. My next step is going to check out his other books and get on to another journey of great experience. Loved it! Just go for it.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses