War and World History : The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jonathan P. Roth
  • Series: The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture
  • 25 hrs and 1 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

This fresh and challenging inquiry into human societies takes a deep look at the effects and roles of war. As the most complex of all human endeavors, warfare - from ancient to modern - has spurred the growth of essential new technologies; demanded the adoption of complex economic systems; shaped the ideology and culture of nations; promoted developments in art and literature; and spread faith across the globe.
Over the course of 48 highly provocative lectures, Professor Roth explores armed conflict across five continents. Far from a traditional approach to military events, this panoramic series is not the history of battles or military campaigns, but the story of the intimate interconnections of war with human cultures and societies and how these connections have shaped history.
You'll study the complex effects of culture, economics, politics, and religion on war - and war's influences on them. In this context, you chart the colorful history of the practice and methodology of warfare. Among many other things, you'll learn about

the development and evolution of history-making military weapons such as bows, horses, swords, and gunpowder;
the interface of warfare with religion, which has bred some of the most unusual and poignant conflicts in history;
the 17th-century European nation-state, where militaries were "nationalized" into central governments and military service was imbued with ideology of citizenship and loyalty to state;
the crucial military underpinnings of nationalism, Communism, Fascism, and other political movements from the modern era.

Probe these pivotal and revealing features of history and deepen your understanding of our extraordinary, evolving world.
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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Intriguing research into military history

Where does War and World History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Really enjoyed this, especially towards the 20th century era to modern times it really picks up.

What about Professor Jonathan P. Roth’s performance did you like?

All round great performance.

Any additional comments?

A chapter or two a day is the way!

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- Kazi


This is gonna be one of my favourite reference books,so much info,I enjoyed every minute.
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- Sean

Book Details

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