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This was a great overview of a history of Asia Minor (or Anatolia), what today would essentially be the area of the modern Republic of Turkey. Far from being an obscure topic about an obscure region, this little area is packed with history and was a major player throughout it.
You will go from prehistory and the earliest Hittite Civilizations through the continual cycles of change the region experienced. As the natural crossroads of East and West, this region continually felt the pulls of the great cultural traditions of both East and West, a dynamic which continues right up to the present. This area was constantly "remade" as it went through phases of Greek, Roman, Celtic, Byzantine, and eventually Barbarian Steppe culture. The series ends with an look at how those Turkic speaking barbarians entered and remade this peninsula one last time into what would eventually be the heartland of the Ottoman Empire and the foundation of what we know as the modern Republic of Turkey.
The Professor is amazing. I have listened to many of his works and he offers his listeners traditional history at its very best. If you enjoy a good history book or class, you will learn from and enjoy this series.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I found the "uh..uh...uh" and "uhs" distracting. The speaking style was not engaging and I found my mind wandering often.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
These are great lectures, but told awfully quickly and tersely. Some people may find, like me that its hard to maintain attention and your mind wanders off. BTW lecturer sound like Agent Smart in TV series, Get Smart.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this book that took me from pre-history to modern Turkey with many small details that makes you live with the people who lived there through the centuries