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If you could sum up War and World History in three words, what would they be?
War in Context
What did you like best about this story?
Not only does Professor Roth discuss all aspects of warfare from the stone age to the present, including technology, tactics, strategies, training, organization, major historical figures and major events and trends, he also illuminates how war has affected the rest of society and how the rest of society has affected war. Here are just a few examples:
He discusses the adoption of iron not just from a weapons effectiveness point of view, but also from an economic point of view, which was at least as important, if not more so.
He discusses how banking grew out, to a great degree, of the need of European monarchs to finance wars which had become far more expensive due to advances in technologies such as gunpowder.
He discusses how ideology influenced both the successes and failures of Nazi Germany.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
The only real negative of the book was the strange emmmphaasisss that Professor Roth often employed, drawing out sooomme words and enunciating otheeerrsss LOUDLY.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Opened my eyes to the full range of factors involved in warfare through the ages. Of special note were the extremely long times it took certain technologies to be properly utilized. For example, when cannons were first placed on ships, they were positioned in the bow in place of a ram, instead of along the side where firepower could be concentrated in a broadside on the opposing ship.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
First, terrible speaker. His voice ranges from very quiet to very loud. He says "uh" a lot, and seems to forget what he's talking about. Second, he drones on and on about irrelevant, trivial facts at the expense of the bigger picture. Third, he may be a university professor, but he doesn't know his facts. His account of early Islam is alarmingly inaccurate, and elementary. There's a Great Course about Islamic history that attempts to tell the story from a neutral view and does a fair job. This author, however, referenced an incident in early Islamic history of which the only source is laughable at best, having had been written several centuries after the event in question. I don't expect Western historians in the modern era to be entirely accurate or fair when telling Eastern history, especially Islamic history, but that wasn't worthy of a Great Course lecture.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does War and World History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Really enjoyed this, especially towards the 20th century era to modern times it really picks up.
What about Professor Jonathan P. Roth’s performance did you like?
All round great performance.
Any additional comments?
A chapter or two a day is the way!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is gonna be one of my favourite reference books,so much info,I enjoyed every minute.
This is one of the most interesting and engaging lectures I've listened to from this series. Such a passionate lecturer, articulate, knowledgeable and engaging. Very well thought out and presented perfectly.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor Jonathan P. Roth?
Not a good performance, the narrator seemed lethargic, his accents troubled me at times. He seemed to be disinterested in the subject matter. The coverage was great, but the presentation could have been made more interesting.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from War and World History?
I would shorten the part on early history, most of which was mere speculation.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful