25 episodes

This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative world history from prehistoric times to 1500. The purpose of the course is to convey an understanding of how this rapidly growing field of history is being approached at three different levels: the narrative textbook level, the theoretical-conceptual level, and through discussion sections, the research level.

History of the World to 1500 CE (W3902) Columbia University

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    • 3.7, 97 Ratings

This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative world history from prehistoric times to 1500. The purpose of the course is to convey an understanding of how this rapidly growing field of history is being approached at three different levels: the narrative textbook level, the theoretical-conceptual level, and through discussion sections, the research level.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Capitalistnyc ,

Worth 30 hours

I just completed the final lecture for this collection. I do recommend this class but with some disclosure. This is not a history class that gives you a clear view of the history of the world. It is more along the lines of a historical theory discussion. It is a very unique look at how to look at history. Most of the discussions were interesting. Additional research and recommended reading is essential. Audio quality drops out on some lectures but never to a point that the professor could not be heard. There is not much to watch except the professor pacing. I would listen until I hear the chalk hit the board then watch. There is a cute blond that sits in the front row most lectures. Somewhat distracting just like I remember from real class. The last lecture seemed a bit offensive. Religion was attacked a bit and I believe afghans were compared to monkeys at one point. All in all it's a good course and recommended. Listen at 1 1/2 or 2x speed depending on the lecture.

britt*c ,

Not for me

I am a world history teacher and had high hopes. I listened to the first three and that’s all I could get through. He goes on and on about the most obscure things and after three episodes I couldn’t think of one thing I had learned and/or found interesting. I gave it an honest effort, but this podcast was definitely not for me.

Cgjv18 ,

My fav history Professor ever

A breadth of understanding and quite good humor as well!
Thanks Prof B.

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