Turning Points in Modern History : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed.
Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation. You'll also witness turning points with repercussions we can only speculate about because they are still very much in the process of turning.
Professor Liulevicius doesn't merely recount the greatest events of history, but rather has selected true catalysts in provoking changes in worldview. Some of the events you'll investigate, including the discovery of the New World and the fall of the Berlin Wall, will immediately resonate as watershed moments. The global significance of other pivotal events may only become apparent through the detailed analysis contained in these lectures, such as the publication of the Enlightenment-era Encyclopédie and the Russo-Japanese War - which has been historically overshadowed by the two world wars that followed.
As you discover how turning points such as the discovery of penicillin and the opening of East Berlin hinged on chance, accident, and, in some cases, sheer luck, you'll realize how easily history might have played out differently.
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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Superior history

I'm a big fan of this chap, Prof. Liulevicius and hope he goes on to record many more audiobooks of his lectures. He has a bright, fluent, cheerful style which makes the comprehension of a wide range of inter-related history easy and leaves you thinking about the ideas he has covered and come up with himself. Only criticism I have, is that his historical turning points are partly skewed to a Western European perspective. For instance, from the point of view of first nation Americans, the arrival of the Europeans was a cataclysmic disaster, hardly the bright new beginning it was for the people emigrating from the Old World.
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- Mr. Acapella

Book Details

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