War and World History : The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jonathan P. Roth
  • Series: The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture
  • 25 hrs and 1 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

This fresh and challenging inquiry into human societies takes a deep look at the effects and roles of war. As the most complex of all human endeavors, warfare - from ancient to modern - has spurred the growth of essential new technologies; demanded the adoption of complex economic systems; shaped the ideology and culture of nations; promoted developments in art and literature; and spread faith across the globe.
Over the course of 48 highly provocative lectures, Professor Roth explores armed conflict across five continents. Far from a traditional approach to military events, this panoramic series is not the history of battles or military campaigns, but the story of the intimate interconnections of war with human cultures and societies and how these connections have shaped history.
You'll study the complex effects of culture, economics, politics, and religion on war - and war's influences on them. In this context, you chart the colorful history of the practice and methodology of warfare. Among many other things, you'll learn about


the development and evolution of history-making military weapons such as bows, horses, swords, and gunpowder;
the interface of warfare with religion, which has bred some of the most unusual and poignant conflicts in history;
the 17th-century European nation-state, where militaries were "nationalized" into central governments and military service was imbued with ideology of citizenship and loyalty to state;
the crucial military underpinnings of nationalism, Communism, Fascism, and other political movements from the modern era.

Probe these pivotal and revealing features of history and deepen your understanding of our extraordinary, evolving world.

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An essential history of war as a human condition

This series of lectures is an unapologetic look at warfare as a human condition which explores the ways it developed technologies from the stone age up to the 2000's and how it influenced, and was influenced by, economic, political, social and religious factors.
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- Deep Reader "Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject."

Confusing layout

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only if they are very interested in war and history


What did you like best about this story?

This book had great information, I felt that I learned a lot.


Any additional comments?

Not put in chronological order, maybe this is why I was often confused about when, what, and whom he was talking about. The lecture was hard for me to follow.

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- Samara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses