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The Enlightenment

Open University (UK), OpenLearn

'map' of the conceptual territory and the intellectual and cultural climate; impact of Enlightenment on a variety of areas including science, religion, the classics, art and nature; forces of change which led from Enlightenment to Romanticism.

Collection of History Podcasts

History Podcast Page

links to History Podcasts, audio lectures and shows on figures like Adolf Hitler, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, shows about world history and American history

Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History

The History Guide (US)

creation of distinct "world views", mythopoeic world view of ancient Sumer to the humanism characteristic of the Renaissance, western man has come to know and understand his world in different ways, how the world view and the western tradition came to be and changed over the course of nearly 6000 years of historical development

Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

Open University (UK), LearningSpace

biographical monograph about single artist's life and work, focusing on the way that one author, Helen Langdon, has used biography in her book about one artist, Caravaggio, methods used to approach her subject and the different kinds of primary sources available to her, how an artist's work relates to his or her life, exploring methods to construct her biography and how sources employed, ways an artist's life can help explain the art, other ways of interpreting works of art with those contained within a biographical structure, possibilities and limitations of biographical monograph

Introduction to Ancient Greek History

Yale University (US)

development of Greek civilization as manifested in political intellectual and creative achievements from the Bronze Age to the end of the classical period, sources in translation and works of modern scholars


Civil War and Reconstruction Era

Yale University (US)

explores causes course and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877, primary goal to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history


Holocaust in Film and Literature

California University (US)

insight into the History of Holocaust and its present memory through examination of challenges and problems encountered in trying to imagine its horror through media of literature and film


Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts

Yale University (US), Open Yale Courses

development of English society between the late fifteenth and the early eighteenth centuries, changing social structure; households; local communities; gender roles; economic development; urbanization; religious change from the Reformation to the Act of Toleration; the Tudor and Stuart monarchies; rebellion, popular protest and civil war; witchcraft; education, literacy and print culture; crime and the law; poverty and social welfare; the changing structures and dynamics of political participation, emergence of parliamentary government


The American Revolution

Yale University (US)

examines the Revolution tracing the participants' shifting sense of themselves as British subjects, colonial settlers, revolutionaries, and Americans


The History of Rome

Mike Duncan (US)

weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire

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