The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History : The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor J. Rufus Fears
  • Series: The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

History is made and defined by landmark events - moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us


spiritual and political ideas;
catastrophic battles and wars;
scientific and technological advances;
world leaders both influential and monstrous; and
cultural works of unparalleled beauty.
Now a series of 36 captivating lectures explores some of the most important and definitive events in the history of the world - events after which our world would never be the same.
Taught by a remarkably gifted teacher with more than 25 teaching awards to his credit, these lectures form an intriguing and engaging tour of thousands of years of human history, from the creation of the Code of Hammurabi to the Battle of Lexington to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and beyond. It's a chance for you to gain new insights about world history from a truly riveting historian.
Using his expert knowledge and impressive ability to draw out invaluable lessons from the past, Professor Fears has chosen the events he discusses based on three criteria: how the event in itself fundamentally changed history, how the aftermath of the event changed history, and how the event and its impact still resonate with us today.
The result is a comprehensive and authoritative selection of subjects, each of which played a crucial role in transforming human civilization. Whether the event is an obvious or not-so-obvious choice, Professor Fears takes great care to tie each to the 21st century, pointing out just how influential these and other moments were in shaping who we are and how we live.
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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Excellent Start

What made the experience of listening to The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History the most enjoyable?

This course had a great start, he covered a wide range of topics and covered a wide range of countries. The only problem I found with this lecturer was when he started talking about the U.S. He is very patriotic and this comes across clearly in his lectures, particularly when he started talking about events that mainly just affected America whilst claiming it changed the entire world, as in his words "the U.S.A. is the defender of all that is good in the world".


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- Douglas

Extremely disappointing.

This is the only book in this series that has disappointed. While the identified events are mostly interesting he (author and narrator) disappears into being an apologist for American exceptionalism. It was so bad it made me turn it off and I will be deleting the book from my library and hopefully getting a substitute from Audible. If a member of the Tea Party buy it otherwise give it a complete miss.
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- Peter Craig

Book Details

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