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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of European History and European Lives: 1715 to 1914 to be better than the print version?
I think they are two different things and trying to decide which is better is like trying to compare coffee and tea when you like both. Coffee is best in the morning, tea at five o'clock. The audio version makes driving to work somrthing to look forward to and Reading is better in bed.
Who was your favorite character and why?
This is a book about the fascinating lives of fascinating people. Which is the best is impossible to answer. Would you ask someone to choose the best pearl from a string of finely matched top quality gems?
Which scene did you most enjoy?
There were so many scenes, so much detail and all so finely dovetailed to create an absorbing canvas of the history of the period. It was like going up close to a Breugel with a magnifying glass. Whatever was in focus at any one time was immediately gripping.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This is a book that needs to be taken a chapter at a time so that one can assimilate the information and let it settle into place before adding, as it were, the next piece of the jigsaw.
Any additional comments?
I would like to congratulate Professor Steinberg on this very successful experiment and thank him for providing such a rich learning experience. I have recommended it to all my friends.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
intriguing perspectives into some of the less commonly address but vitally important historical events that led to the formation of the modern world.
Brilliantly crafted and delivered. Prof. Steinberg is fantastic. This vourse assisted me greatly with my Degree by giving me interesting and informative detail on many key players involved in European history.