The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917 (Great Courses, #8190) (2020)

The Long th Century European History from to Great Courses History at its most interesting is complex a fascinating whirl of events personalities and forces and few periods of history offer us such captivating complexity as Europe s th century the often
  • Title: The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917 (Great Courses, #8190)
  • Author: Robert I. Weiner
  • ISBN: 9791565859936
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Audio Cassette
  • History at its most interesting is complex, a fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces, and few periods of history offer us such captivating complexity as Europe s 19th century the often broadly defined period from the French Revolution to World War I that formed the foundation of the modern world.How was that foundation built And what did that transition History at its most interesting is complex, a fascinating whirl of events, personalities, and forces, and few periods of history offer us such captivating complexity as Europe s 19th century the often broadly defined period from the French Revolution to World War I that formed the foundation of the modern world.How was that foundation built And what did that transition to modernity mean for peasants, workers, the middle class, aristocrats, women, and minorities Why did an era that began with the idealism of the French Revolution and the power of the Industrial Revolution culminate in the chaos of World War I, considered by most historians to be the greatest tragedy of modern European history Did nationalism and imperialism inevitably lead in such a direction, or were there other factors involved Even these questions, as important as they are, can only hint at the complexity of this period, just as this course can really only put us on a path toward the answers.
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    1. Robert Weiner provides a thought provoking overview of this fascinating period I ve listened to it twice now and will again Each lecture is packed with ideas He adopts of an interpretive approach rather than just reciting events although he does provide the context necessary I also appreciated the excellent notes and recommendations for further reading There is a noticeable emphasise on diplomatic history but other aspects are covered My only minor criticism is that his vocal volume tends to go [...]

    2. I think the four stars are because of how interesting and complex the topic is, rather than for the actual analysis I feel I know a bit , indeed, and it s hard to make sense of such a complex set of circumstances all over the place I could have done without the side remarks no, I m not impressed at Prof Weiner s having spent New Year s Eve in Berlin once, or by how he and his wife once saw a rally in Paris Seriously and without the over emphasizing of half the words in a sentence and without hi [...]

    3. This is one of the enjoyable Great Courses that I ve partook with And I have a nice stack of books on my TBR to fill in the gaps.

    4. I started this course with great excitement, due to the teacher s great passion, oratorical skill and knowledge and the growing realization of just what a huge treasure of events and lessons unknown to me lie in that century Unfortunately as the course went on I got and the feeling that this course suffers from the curse of most historians a tendency to glorify or at least obsess about individuals their morals be it kings, generals or politicians , centralized governments their monuments, batt [...]

    5. This is the first Teaching Company product that I ve been through it was longer than I expected but very interesting I thought it covered the material very well I enjoyed the personal stories that the professor included as well as comments about recommended books to read, historians with different opinions about the events, etc I tried to read the lecture notes after watching each 30 minute lecture to make sure I understood the main points.

    6. While a fine scholar, I suppose, and a very able communicator, Weiner s political correctness to me cripples his study Instead of judging the period he discusses through their eyes and values, he stumbled badly by using a 21st Century filter which is both distracting, and to some extant, inaccurate A less studied reader listener might accept his opinions without a jaundiced eye Objectivity is the first demand of the historian.

    7. A tour de force I knew this history pretty well, but Professor Weiner s insights and his recurring habit of introducing the most eminent historians for every given moment, kept my head turning and going, Oh wow that makes sense I highly recommend this course.

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