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I have quite a few Great Courses in my library, on a variety of subjects. This one is by far my favorite. Professor Liulevicius has a great voice which does not turn monotonous. You can tell that he loves history and knows quite a lot about it.
Each lecture surrounds a certain event. Some of them are obvious such as the voyages of Columbus or the invention of the printing press. Some are surprising but make a lot of sense once you hear the lecture such as the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
Every single lecture is fun to listen to as you don't just hear facts and figures. Instead Professor Liulevicius tells us all about the people that lived through an event. We get to really know the people that changed history. This makes it more personal and real.
What I love the most is how he links past lectures to a current one. It could be someone using a technology from a past lecture or an idea. All of them come together. This makes you think about those lectures well after you listened to them. For that reason this course could easily be listened to at least a couple of other times.
If you are curious about modern history and want a sweeping understanding then get this course. If you are curious as to how the past can be linked to the present then get this course. If you are going on a road trip and want a fun listen then get this course!
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Excellent lecture series. Great delivery-- structured, concise, informative, and entertaining.
I read this over a year ago and am still thinking about it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I'm a big fan of this chap, Prof. Liulevicius and hope he goes on to record many more audiobooks of his lectures. He has a bright, fluent, cheerful style which makes the comprehension of a wide range of inter-related history easy and leaves you thinking about the ideas he has covered and come up with himself. Only criticism I have, is that his historical turning points are partly skewed to a Western European perspective. For instance, from the point of view of first nation Americans, the arrival of the Europeans was a cataclysmic disaster, hardly the bright new beginning it was for the people emigrating from the Old World.
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