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In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II.
As you follow Professor Bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, you'll learn about the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, including absolutism, scientism, rationalism, capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, and totalitarianism. You'll investigate the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more. You'll also make sense of the European ideologies of government, including the rule of law, the concept of "the consent of the governed," taxation, an independent judiciary, and other concepts. You'll explore the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism. And you'll witness the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them.
Rather than offering a laundry list of dates, events, and famous individuals, Professor Bartlett leaves you instead with an understanding of historical and social causality. More important: He offers you the chance to experience Europe's development from a European perspective.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sunshine Reader on 02-23-15

The Development of Some European Civilizarion

A fine job with the dominant European cultures, such as Britain, France, and Germany, with less emphasis on the other European states.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nat on 05-03-16

10/10 would recommend

I loved this course! I used it for studying for my AP European History class, and it was insanely helpful.

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By Peter Craig on 02-10-15

A book of important insights that are important.

As a sociologist I found the book to be full of illumination and a rich data source. Highly recommended listen.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By DB Forrest on 03-18-15

Good review of European history

What made the experience of listening to The Development of European Civilization the most enjoyable?

clear delivery and concise and interesting content

Who was your favorite character and why?

na

What about Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett’s performance did you like?

all of it

Any additional comments?

Anyone should listen who wants to back up his knowledge of European history

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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