European History and European Lives: 1715 to 1914 : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jonathan Steinberg
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Meet 35 of the most influential people who lived during the 200 most difficult years in the history of the West. Between the years 1715 and 1914, the lives of these artists, writers, scientists, and leaders shaped our times and reflected their own.
You'll meet such figures as Charles Darwin, Sir Robert Walpole, David Lloyd George, Mary Wollstonecraft, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, Napoleon Bonaparte, and others whose lives represent the crucial forces that shaped European history during two decisive centuries. You'll also examine the transformation of Europe from a world of lord and serf, horse and carriage, superstition and disease into today's modern state of boss and worker, steam and steel, science and medicine.
As you grow to understand the living context of European history, you appreciate the great transforming themes embodied by the people who populate this fascinating march. The two most important themes are the movement toward democracy-culminating in the French Revolution-that dominated the first of the two centuries covered, and the Industrial Revolution with the explosion of science and technology that dominated the second.
In choosing the characters whose lives most reflect these themes, Professor Steinberg has not confined himself to those who are most often studied-monarchs, politicians, military leaders-but has included scientists, artists, philosophers, and industrialists, and even an entire population threatened with starvation-the Irish.With a fascinating approach to European history, the biographical approach of these 36 lectures provides a fun way to look at the great changes of the period and to educate ourselves about the world.

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Loved this!! Compelling, Intellectual and Fun

I have listened to several great courses on history and have enjoyed them all, but this one really stands out. Professor Steinberg is a gifted intellectual and story teller. I would take any course he offered - no matter the topic. THis series offers a big picture view and challenges you to consider the information within historical constructs. At the same time, it feels like you're listening to someone who personally lived during the time of each of the individuals he discusses. I am grateful to Professor Steinberg and Great courses for preparing the material in this way and sharing it. I will listen to the whole series at least one more time.

I especially liked the lectures on Frederick the Great, the potato famine and Wagner but they are all fantastic. I cannot recommend this highly enough. What a treat.
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- Lisa

A great place to start

This is an older Great Course but it is also one that best that I have listened to. Professor Steinberg does a fantastic job using biography as an entry point into the larger history of Europe, Then time and again he uses that larger history to show the unique character of the person he is talking about. His style is engaging and understanding all throughout.

A great entry point into modern European History, heck into history and its importance and power in general: this is one that should not be missed.
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- Sandy Addison

Book Details

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