A Brief History of the World : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Peter N. Stearns
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 19 hrs and 1 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, the development of democracy in ancient Greece, the glories of ancient Rome - these stories are familiar to students of history. But what about the rest of the world? How do the histories of China and Japan, or Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions?
Learn the rest of the story with these 36 riveting lectures that survey the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe. From the invention of agriculture in the Neolithic era to the urbanized, technologically sophisticated world of the 21st century, you'll apprehend "the big picture" of world history. You'll examine and compare the peoples, cultures, and nations of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas to understand how, throughout history, peoples all over the world have connected and interacted, traded goods and technology, and conquered and learned from each other.
As you travel around the world and through time, Professor Stearns provides surprising insights that will overturn many of your assumptions about history. For instance, you'll see how the invention of agriculture brought with it a number of drawbacks, such as a new inequality between men and women and greater exposure to epidemic diseases. Fascinating episodes like these will give you a deep appreciation for the human experience as it was lived throughout the centuries.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Interesting approach to history

Surprisingly interesting and novel approach to history. Told in an engaging manner, with bite-sized, 30 minute chapters.
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- Matthew

World history thematic success

I liked this course. I like history and the broad brush strokes by way of theme spanning cultures and eras was an interesting approach.

I don't know precisely when these lectures were written, but late 2016 offers some interesting additional hindsight.

Stearns' performance is good. His voice is clear and easy to listen to.
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- Stan

Book Details

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