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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
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
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.
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.
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.More about Geoffrey Hosking...