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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Development of European Civilization for
giving us the complete view of European civilization from Feudalism
and the Medieval World through the two European World Wars.

The Development of European Civilization
Lectures by Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett

The Development of European Civilization (2011) - 48 lectures, 24 hours
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For anyone living in the Western world, Europe is so much more than just a varied mix of travel destinations, an inspiring example of different cultures living side by side, and a set of historical events that forever altered the history of Western civilization. Europe is, in fact, as much an idea as it is a place.

Understanding how Europe evolved is essential for anyone seeking an in-depth grasp of both the history of Western civilization - and its future - for a variety of reasons:

  • Almost all of the West's important political, social, cultural, and economic institutions and ideologies either came from Europe or evolved in reaction to it.
  • To witness how European civilization developed is to understand why and how the entire Western world became who and what it is.
  • Finally, such an understanding is essential if you are to have a nuanced grasp of the important events that dominate the daily news.

In short, and in almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences of those experiments for the rest of your life.

The Development of European Civilization leads you through the doors of that laboratory and guides you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II. In these 48 lectures delivered by University of Toronto Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett, whose award-winning teaching skills have been evident in the classroom, in books, and through video lectures for more than 30 years - you'll finally grasp the amazing results of that European laboratory over more than 600 years of history.

Experience the Mosaic of European History

As you follow Professor Bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, you'll learn

  • the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, including absolutism, scientism, rationalism, capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, and totalitarianism;
  • the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more;
  • the changing technologies of communication and transportation that would spread the European experience and ideas far and wide;
  • the European ideologies of government, including the rule of law, the concept of "the consent of the governed," taxation, an independent judiciary, and other concepts;
  • the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism; and
  • the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them.

With The Development of European Civilization, one important idea will become crystal clear to you: Although history may well be made up of events taking place over time, the true meaning of history can never be discerned through a linear recitation of those events. That's because history, as every lecture of this remarkable course proves, is a mosaic - and to grasp that mosaic's meaning is to learn to see history in its entirety; to understand the ways in which ideas, institutions, and social forces have interacted to paint each tile, set it among the others, and, when necessary, shatter them into fragments to replace them with others.

Professor Kenneth R. Barlett is highly popular member of The Great Courses' faculty and Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the winner of several major teaching awards. These include the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship from the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as well as the inaugural President's Teaching Award for the University of Toronto.

48 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: The Idea and Place of Europe 25: The Industrial Revolution
2: Feudalism and the Medieval World 26: The Industrial Working Class
3: The Three Orders of Medieval Society 27: Capitalism and European Society
4: The Manorial Economy 28: The Middle Class
5: The Growth of Trade and Towns 29: Liberals and Liberalism
6: Humanism and the Italian Renaissance 30: Liberal Government
7: Crisis in the Church 31: Science and Progress
8: Christian Humanism 32:19th-Century Optimism
9: The Ottoman Threat to Europe 33: Nationalism and 1848
10: The Expansion of Europe 34: The Unifications of Germany and Italy
11: The Continental Reformation - Luther 35: Darwin and Darwinism
12: The Continental Reformation - Calvin 36: Social Darwinism
13: The Wars of Religion 37: Socialism and Utopianism
14: The English Reformation 38: Marx and Marxism
15: The English Civil War 39: Reactions to Rationalism
16: The Thirty Years' War 40: Fin de Siècle
17: The Absolute Monarchy 41: World War I
18: The Scientific Revolution 42: The Treaty of Versailles
19: The Enlightenment, Part 1 43: The Disintegration of the Established Order
20: The Enlightenment, Part 2 44: The Bolshevik Revolution
21: France in 1789 45: Fascism in Italy
22: The French Revolution 46: The Nazi Regime in Germany
23: The Age of Napoleon 47: Europe between the Wars
24: The Congress of Vienna 48: The New Europe


The Development of European Civilization
Lectures by Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Development of European Civilization for
giving us the complete view of European civilization from Feudalism
and the Medieval World through the two European World Wars.