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Whilst the course is about the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, it's primary focus is on the French Revolution. That being said, whilst I'm a fan of Napoleon, this is a bit more hostile towards Napoleon than Napoleon podcast by J David Markham and Cameron Reilly, it's more friendly towards the Revolutionaries.
Overall, this is a great overview of the French Revolution.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
This course combines big historic events and trends during the era of the French Revolution and through Napoleon's reign with the everyday lives of the people who lived during that time. We need more history courses like this.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Really very good, focuses on the political and social side more than Napoleon, though he still does feature heavily. I will certainly be getting more books from The Great Courses.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon to be better than the print version?
Lectures always work best in their original format. However, I feel that the lack of visual images did not bother me at all - the descriptions were vivid and clear.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon?
I was particularly fond of the stories of 'little' individuals, especially those not often mentioned in the context of the topic.
What does Professor Suzanne M. Desan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Enthusiasm, passion for history, sense of humour.
Any additional comments?
I was left hungry for more. Unfortunately, another Great Courses lecture series I tried just did not compare to this one. I wish Professor Desan would expand on another topic in a similar way.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Professor Desan knows how to give a half hour history class well. She goes from detail to breadth. She identifies themes and explores them. She links them together well. Her style is steady, clear and u dramatic even when dealing with such dramatic subject matter. She lets the primary sources do that work and occasionally introduces humour or a personal touch. Clearly Prof Desan knows much more in greater depth than is presented here. I thoroughly recommend this series for those like me, who know so little when starting the series.