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The Modern Scholar: Epochs of European Civilization: Antiquity to Renaissance

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Published (first published 2005)
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Gary
Feb 03, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing
A Big History look at the steps for making modern Europe up through the Renaissance. He starts the making of modern Europe with Moses crossing the Red Sea, he gives equal credence to the truths (or myths) inherent in the big three religions therefor making them all equally true or equally silly depending on ones perspective. It is not important whether or not their revealed truths are reliable what is important is that latter people believed them and their effects on the development of ...more
Dwain
Feb 21, 2011 Dwain rated it liked it
This course had a lot to offer in the way of tidbits of history that I had not heard before. For example, the water-powered grain mill was invented during the Roman empire, but for some reason it never caught on and didn't become widely used until the late middle ages. This isn't just trivia, but part of an explanation of the stagnation of the Roman economy. Interesting book, although very PC at times. An example of this was its treatment of Islam as a challenge to western civilization and ...more
Bruce
Jul 07, 2013 Bruce rated it liked it
Although Professor Hosking of University College London regularly interrupts his own thoughts with “umm” the thoughts are well worth the listening as he insightfully summarizes European history and civilization from the Reformation to 2005 in fourteen short lectures. The short study guide that accompanies the lectures is a bonus that includes maps, portraits, and bibliographies for going into more depth on particular subjects.
Oscar
Sep 05, 2015 Oscar rated it it was ok
This audiobook I kinda felt was too much the edited history narrative. So much of the mainstream history has threads of truth with an agenda of fiction they want you to believe as fact. If one soaks up all the knowledge in this series, and takes it as fact, he has in effect been dumbed down. It follows the narrative generally taught without uncovering the controlled narrative errors and misleads.
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May 19, 2008 Marilou rated it really liked it
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Dang it! This audio book is overdue! I've only heard the lectures on the Jews and the Greeks. I'll have to re-request it from the library again and pick up with the Romans. ++++ As of 5/4 I'm back on track with this...
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Interesting overview, but doesn't tie the concepts in to a concrete whole very well.
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Geoffrey Alan Hosking is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union and formerly Leverhulme Research Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at University College, London.
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