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King Philip II is murdered
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from ancient Egypt, Greece, and
Rome to medieval Europe and Asia.
Spanning thousands of years and
three continents, this course illuminates fascinating historical dramas
on the individual scale.
More than covering great events
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Rather than merely reviewing the
facts of events such as the Battle
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or thousands of years oldbut still
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In your tour of the ancient and
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You see Hannibal, Julius Caesar,
Charlemagne, and others as energetic, charismatic leaders who were
complex and flawed people, by
turns admirable and brutal, circum-

Ramesses II, one of the greatest and most famous of the Egyptian pharaohs,
reigned for 67 years. He erected monuments to himself throughout Egypt, many of
them recounting the story of the Battle of Kadesh.

spect and brazenly power-hungry.


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Educated by Aristotle, a brilliant
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when his army has had enough and
refuses to march further into India.
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down while still saving face.


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Observe how Cleopatra uses
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theatrical ability to achieve
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political affairsand how her
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effects. When Pyrrhus marched his


Greek army toward Rome, he had
dreams of making his mark on the
worlds stage, but his victoryand
subsequent withdrawalpaved the
way for Rome to supplant Greece
as the dominant global power. Or
consider Pontius Pilates decision
to offer Jesus up for crucifixion to
please the crowd, even though he
likely believed Jesus innocent of the
charges brought against himthe
events resulting from his choice have
resonated over millennia.
Quick decisions, a victory, a
defeat, an impulse: these small
moments shape history. One of the
joys of this course is that in examining these moments, Professor
Garland also reflects on contingencies. What if Charles Martel had not
defeated the Muslim invaders at the
Battle of Tours? Would Europe have
become a largely Muslim continent?
Or, what if Theodora had not urged
her husband Justinian to stand firm
and not flee when the angry mob at
the hippodrome in Constantinople
was baying for his blood? Would
the Byzantine Empire have come to
an abrupt end one hot afternoon?
Reflecting on these contingencies
makes clear the myriad ways in
which the ancient and medieval
worlds have made us who we are
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Professor Garland is an amazingly empathetic lecturer, passionate
about history and the people who
lived it. Perhaps his greatest strength
is taking you into the minds of ordinary citizens. While you have likely
heard some of the stories in this
course before, his approach sheds
new light on such events as the first
theatrical presentation of Aeschyluss
Oresteia and the trial of Socrates.
Both of these events reveal the way
the Athenian democracy functioned
at moments of unease and crisis.
Imagine the thoughts of Muslim
envoy Ibn Fadlan, coming from cosmopolitan Baghdad in the 10th century, upon arriving in the wild territories of Central Asia. Or picture
yourself in the crowd when Pericles
or Pope Urban II gives an inspirational speech extolling the glory of
Athens or Christendom. Would you

be moved by the swell of the crowd


and the enthusiasm of the day?
Witnessing these moments as a
participantslowing down to hear
the heartbeat of historyis a captivating way of reflecting on the past.
Living History: Great Events of the
Ancient and Medieval Worlds takes
you inside the hearts and minds of
those who lived through fascinating
human dramasa novel approach to
history you wont find anywhere else.
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Robert S.J. Garland is the
Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster
Professor of the Classics at Colgate
University. He earned his B.A. in
Classics from The University of
Manchester, his M.A. in Classics
from McMaster University, and
his Ph.D. in Ancient History from
University College London.
A former Fulbright Scholar
and recipient of the George Grote
Prize in Ancient History, Professor
Garland has educated students and
audiences at a variety of levels. He
is also the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular
journals, as well as several books,
that capture details of all aspects of
ancient Greek and Roman life. He
has repeatedly served as a consultant
for educational film companies.
COURSE CURRICULUM
1 Ramesses II: Heartbeat of History
What do we mean by living history?
Take an imaginative leap into the
ancient world and discover the
moment-by-moment heartbeat of history.
Your first stop is the Battle of Kadesh,
the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses IIs
all-but-disastrous campaign against the
Hittites. See how the king spins a tactical
retreat into a glorious victory.
2 Marathon: The Persians Have Landed!
Professor Garland
takes you into the
Battle of Marathon
to show how the
outnumbered
Athenians scramble
for help before
heading to the
coast for an
impressive fight against the invading
Persians. The Athenian debates, their
surprise running charge into battle, and
the strenuous marches come to life in
visceral detail.
3 Oresteia: Judgment at the Dionysia
Take a break from battle and head to the
Theater of Dionysis on a warm March
day to view one of the most astounding

theatrical performances in history. Not


only is Aeschyluss Oresteia an innovative
dramatic trilogy, the trial of Orestes is a
deeply relevant consideration of Athenian
democracy at a time of great unease.
4 Attack on Attica: Pericless Gamble
Delve into the time of Pericles and the
Peloponnesian War, where political action
has required rural citizens to head into the
city. There, the cramped urban conditions
and pestilence breeds disaffection
among the citizenry. Hear what Pericles
had to say to inspire Athenians for the
continued glory of the city.
5 Socrates on Trial: For the Defense
You might think you
know Socrates, but
in this lecture youll
encounter a whole
new context for
understanding one
of the Greeks most
famous citizens. In the wake of the
Peloponnesian War, tension lingers
following the overthrow of an oligarchy in
Athens, and the democratic population is
in search of a fall guy. See how Socrates
fits the bill.
6 Conspiracy! Murder of Philip II
Murder has always intrigued us,
especially when the fate of a state hangs
in the balance. Explore the mystery of
Philip II of Macedonia, who is murdered
amid a wedding celebration in 336 B.C.E.
Is he killed by a jilted lover? A jealous
wife? An ambitious son? This lecture
takes you into Macedonian court life and
considers the possible motives and social
intrigue.
7 Alexander the Great: Punjab Revolt
Alexander is one of
historys most
interesting
charactersa
brilliant, flawed,
complex leader. A
restless
megalomaniac tutored by Aristotle, he
drives his army across the ancient world
to conquer one land after another until
they reach northeast India. There, his
army revolts and forces him to retreat. Get
inside the head of this fascinating leader.
8 Pyrrhus: Deadly Dreams of Empire
The Greeks had a tremendous run on the
world stage, but their dominion arguably
comes to an end the moment Pyrrhus sets
sail for Italy. Although he is victorious
in his conquest against the Romans, his
withdrawals pave the way for Rome to
come to the fore as the next great world
power. See what drives Pyrrhus forward,
and what holds him back.
9 Indias Ashoka the Great Repents
Meet Ashoka the Great, whose story was
all but forgotten until his carved edicts
were unearthed in the 19th century. As
leader of India, he leads a bloody charge
into the neighboring province of Kalinga
but guilt from the battle drives him toward
a transformative conversion. For the rest

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of his reign, he serves as a paragon of


Buddhist morality.
10 Hannibal: Rome Holds Its Breath
Hannibal, the
great Carthaginian
general, is one
of the most
remarkable
military leaders
of all time. During
the Punic Wars he led his army to an
astounding tactical victory against the
Romans, and then held the defeated
soldiers captive for ransom. Destiny
hung in the balance as Rome awaited
Hannibals expected advance against
the city.
11 The Final Days of Julius Caesar
Continue your study of some of historys
most enigmatic characters with a look at
Julius Caesar, whose infamous murder
on the Ides of March ranks as one of
the most consequential assassinations.
Professor Garland introduces you to
Caesars character before walking you
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against Octavian
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When the tide of the Battle of Actium
turns against Mark Antony, his lover
Cleopatra fleesand he decides to
follow her, leaving the future of Rome to
Octavian. Examine this decision and the
tragedy that ensues for both Antony and
Cleopatra.
13 Jesus under Surveillance and Arrest
Travel to the Roman province of Judea,
where a humble carpenter has entered
Jerusalem during the Passover. The city
is seething with political and religious
discontent, and Jesus is seen as a
troublemaker. Witness his arrest and
interrogation by the priests and Pontius
Pilate, and consider Pilates decision to
put Jesus to death.

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14 Jerusalem Tinderbox: Temple in Flames


Continue your exploration of Jerusalem,
this time around 66 C.E., when the
citys political turmoil reaches it peak.
An insurgency rises up over taxes, and
the ensuing Roman siege sparks a civil
war. At the end of the Great Jewish
Revolt, the city is in ruins, the Temple has
been burned, and the Romans crucify
thousands of Jewish prisoners.
15 Roman Colosseum: Blood in the Arena
Visit the newly finished Roman
amphitheater circa 80 C.E., where
the emperor Titus will celebrate the
consolidation of his familys dynasty by
hosting 100 days of gladiatorial games.
Bloodthirsty and vicious, the spectacle is
nonetheless captivating. After learning
about the Colosseums engineering,
youll experience what it was like to be
there for the games.
16 Visigoth King Alaric Descends on Rome
On occasion,
individual
personalities
shape large
contours of history.
Such is the case
with King Alaric,
the charismatic leader of the Visigoths,
who conquers many Roman outposts
before laying siege to the city itself. His
victories dont conclude with the end of
Rome, but its clear the citys power is in
decline.
17 Nika Riots at the Racetrack: Theodora
Head east to Constantinople, seat of
the Byzantine Empire and the eastern
counterpart to Rome. During a day of
chariot races at the hippodrome, riots
break out and threaten the Emperor
Justinian and his
politically savvy
wife, Theodora.
Learn about
this unorthodox
marriage and how
Theodoras counsel
ultimately saves the empire.
18 The Concubine Empress: Wu Zetian
Wu Zetians story is one of the most
remarkable in all of history. She entered
adulthood as a classically educated
concubine during Chinas Tang Dynasty,

and then worked her way up the social


ladder to marry an emperor. Professor
Garland charts her rise and shows how
her success hinges on the mystery
surrounding a childs death.
19 Muhammads Awakening and Escape
Witness the founding of Islam by
entering the world of Mecca in 622,
where a prosperous businessman
named Muhammad has a revelation that
changes the course of history. Learn
about his conversion and his journey to
Medina. There he builds a community
that will soon spread around the globe.
20 Charles Martel Defeats the Muslims
Take the battlefield
in one of the most
decisive battles
ever fought
between Muslims
and Europeans. In
the century after
Muhammad, Islams spread seemed
unstoppable until the disastrous Battle of
Toulouse followed by the Battle of Tours,
in which Charles Martel, leader of the
Franks, defeats the Muslim invaders.
21 Culture Shock! Travels of Ibn Fadlan
Follow the Abbasid Caliphates
administrator, Ibn Fadlan, as he travels
from cosmopolitan Baghdad to the
rustic wilds of central Asia. He brings
money and instructions to King Almis
of the Volga Bulgars, who has recently
converted to Islam. Then he visits
the Slavic Rus tribe for a bizarre and
fascinating encounter.
22 Vladimir Smashes the Idols of the Rus
Observe the marriage of Vladimir, the
Grand Duke of Kiev, to Princess Anna, the
sister to Byzantine Emperor Basil II, a deal
brokered so Vladimir will send mercenary
troops to Constantinople. Following the
wedding, Vladimir makes it his mission to
convert his land to Christianity by fiat and
suppress paganism, thus founding the
Russian Orthodox Church.
23 Charlemagne Saves Leo III, Rogue Pope
Pope Leo III is something of a rascal,
possibly a philanderer, and involved
in shady business deals. See how his
relationship with Charlemagne, king of
the Franks, keeps him out of trouble with
the Vatican Council and how he alters

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the course of history when he crowns


Charlemagne during a nativity mass, thus
giving birth to the notion of Europe.
24 Urban II Unleashes the First Crusade
Again and again, we see how history
turns on a dime. Your journey ends in
Avignon in 1095, when Pope Urban II
gives a speech that shapes the next
thousand years of European history. After
calling the people to action, thousands
take up arms and begin the long trek to
fight the Muslims and retake Jerusalem.

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What Was It like to Live in Ancient Times?


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Professor of the Classics Robert Garland | Colgate University

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what daily life was like for workers,
the poor, the elderly, the sick, the
disabled, refugees, women, children,
slaves, and soldiers.
PUT YOURSELF IN
THE SANDALS OF
ORDINARY PEOPLE
The 19th-century historian Thomas
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major figures and important dates.
But The Other Side of History
stimulates your imagination by providing you a vivid glimpse into the
real world of the past:
Go back to the Neanderthal
caves, where evidence suggests
that although life was dominated by the environment,
Neanderthals took care to bury
their deadhonoring them just
as we do today.
Experience the rhythms of the
Nile, whose predictable rise and
fall created a sense of security
and tranquility for its inhabitants
for 2,000 years.
Take a harrowing trip as a Greek
refugee as you strike out to
create a new settlement, but be
forewarned: Theres no turning
back. Herodotus tells the story
of refugees who, after failing to
find a suitable land to colonize,
tried to return homeonly to
be pelted with missiles by their
fellow countrymen.
Imagine youre a poor Roman
living under the eaves in the
upper floors of a leaky, cramped,

Achilles and Ajax, Greek heroes of the Trojan War, playing dice (Attic vase painted
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rat-infested housing complex.


Navigating 200 stairs with a
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but the threat of fire from oil
lamps and the rampant spread of
disease only added to your vulnerability.
Contrast the lot of the poor with
life as a Roman celebrity. From
gladiators who were household
names to famous wives such as
Theodora, the Roman world of
entertainment, sport, and celebrity culture was remarkably similar
to that of the 21st century.
The true joy of this course lies in
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if we had been born in a different
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and literary records, youll connect
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ages and experience life from their
perspectives.
EXPERIENCE THE TEXTURE
OF EVERYDAY LIFE
The Other Side of History moves
systematically through history, with
significant stops in ancient Egypt,

Greece, Persia, Rome, and medieval


Britain. In each location, Professor
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What did the citizens do for a living?
What was their home like? What
did they eat? What did they wear?
What did they do to relax? What
were their beliefs about marriage?
Religion? Death and the afterlife?
Youll encounter such interesting
aspects of everyday life as:
the use of cosmetics, perfumes,
mirrors, hairpieces, and even
tweezers in ancient Egypt;
the secrets of how to survive to
old age in ancient Greece, and
the societys system of medicine;
the intensive military training
regimen of Greek hoplites,
Spartans, Roman soldiers, and
medieval knights; and
the range of career prospects in
Persia, from husbandry to goldsmithing to administrative scribing; and
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Viking invasion.
Welcome to the other side of
history, the 99% of ordinary people
whose names dont make it into the
history booksbut whose lives are
no less fascinating than the great
leaders whose names we all know.
Here youll encounter such diverse
individuals as:
a Mesopotamian hunter-gatherer
making a living in one of the earliest permanent settlements;
an Egyptian craftsman decorating the pharaohs tomb in the
Valley of the Kings;
a Minoan fleeing Santorini
during a volcanic eruption;
a Greek citizen relaxing at a
drinking party;
a Roman slave captured in war
and sent to work in the mines;
a medieval pilgrim on the road
to Canterbury.
The Other Side of History: Daily
Life in the Ancient World is your
chance to get beyond the abstract
dates and figures, kings and queens,
and battles and wars that make up so
many historical accounts. Over the
course of 48 richly detailed lectures,
Professor Robert Garland of Colgate
University covers the breadth and
depth of human history from the
perspective of the so-called ordinary
people, from its earliest beginnings
through the Middle Ages. Youll
gain new insights into what daily
life was likewhat the world actually looked, smelled, and felt like in
Neanderthal caves, ancient Egypt,
Persia, Greece, Rome, and medieval
Britain.

history. Youll hear from Herodotus,


the Greek playwrights, Homer,
Vergil, Tacitus, Ovid, Seneca,
Juvenal, and Chaucer, along with
anonymous poets and scribes.
GAIN NEW INSIGHTS INTO
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In addition to providing intriguing
details about daily life, The Other
Side of History offers a cultural
perspective. Youll explore exciting
new anthropological discoveries
and cutting-edge academic disciplinessuch as the burgeoning
field of disability studieswhich
offer you a well-rounded overview
of the humanities today. Professor
Garlands fascinating analysis sheds
light on civilization as we know it.
Discover how to make a
mummy, learn about the scales
of justice when you meet Osiris
in your journey to the afterlife,
and see how tomb robbing
became a profitable industry.
Follow the trial of Socrates,
from his rabble-rousing in and
around Athens to his decision to
drink the hemlock rather than
to flee into exile.
Consider the origins of slavery and explore the different

types of slavery in the ancient


world, from business workers
and industrial miners in ancient
Greece to slaves who could earn
their freedommanumission
in ancient Rome.
Study the role of women in different ancient and medieval civilizations. While many of these
societies were deeply sexist by
todays standards, you will meet
powerful women who broke the
mold and made names for themselves, such as Dido, Cleopatra,
Painting of a Mayan funeral at Rio Azul, Guatemala
and Margery Kempe.
The heart of this course lies in
be moved by his vivid descriptions
History: Daily Life in the Ancient
Professor Garlands passion for his
of daily lifein the home and on
World takes us on a journey to
subject. With 30 years of teaching
experience and as the author of such the job, on the battlefield and in the vastly different eras and shows us
graveyard. These descriptions are
the range of possibilities of what it
books as Daily Life of the Ancient
enhanced by a rich display of graph- means to be human, making this a
Greeks, he is an expert in the field.
ics, maps, and models that illustrate journey very much worth taking.
He sprinkles the course with anecthe art, the relics, and the geography
dotes, such as singing Onward
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
of these historical periods.
Christian Soldiers at the dinner
Dr. Robert S. J. Garland is
At the end, youll come away
table as a child or his first encounProfessor of the Classics at Colgate
with a new understanding and
ter with the mummy called Ginger
University. He earned his Ph.D. in
appreciation for past eras. By crossat the British Museum in London,
Ancient History from University
ing space and time in an effort to
which make the lectures personal
College London.
be another personsomeone with
and engaging.
whom you might not think you
With a lifetime of preparation
Over 500 courses and
have anything at all in common
for a course on the other side of
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1 Taking on the Other
Side of History
2 Being Paleolithic
3 Living in Mesopotamia
4 Being Egyptian
5 Belonging to an Egyptian Family
6 Practicing Egyptian Religion
7 Being a Dead Egyptian
8 Being an Egyptian Worker
9 Being Minoan and Mycenaean
10 Being Greek

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11 Growing Up Greek
12 Being a Greek Slave
13 Being a Greek Soldier or Sailor
14 Being a Greek Woman
15 Relaxing Greek Style
16 Being a Greek Refugee
17 Being a Sick or Disabled Greek
18 Practicing Greek Religion
19 Being an Old Greek
20 Being a Dead Greek

21 Being Persian
22 Living in Hellenistic Egypt
23 Being Roman
24 Being a Roman Slave
25 Being a Roman Soldier
26 Being a Roman Woman
27 Being a Poor Roman
28 Being a Rich Roman
29 Being a Roman Celebrity
30 Being a Roman Criminal

31 Relaxing Roman Style


32 Practicing Roman Religion
33 Being Jewish under Roman Rule
34 Being Christian under
Roman Rule
35 Being a Celt in Ancient Britain
36 Being a Roman Briton
37 Being Anglo-Saxon
38 Being a Viking Raider
39 Living under Norman Rule
40 Being Medieval

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44 Being a Medieval Knight
45 Being a Crusader
46 Being a Pilgrim
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Foundations of Eastern Civilization

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Journey to the East
Yin and YangThe Geography of China
Early China and the Mysterious Xia
The Coming of the Shang
The Shang and Writing for the Gods
The Zhou and the Mandate of Heaven
Great Ideas of the ZhouConfucianism
Great Ideas of the Zhou
Later Confucianism
9 Great Ideas of the ZhouDaoism
10 Great Ideas of the ZhouLegalism
11 The Qin and the First Emperor of China
12 Contact with the WestThe Early Han

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13 Triumph and TragedyThe Later Han


14 Silk RoadsIn the Footsteps of Nomads
15 Silk RoadsThe Envoy Zhang Qian
16 Silk RoadsPerils of Camels and Caravans
17 Silk RoadsRome and
Roads from the West
18 Silk RoadsThe Lost Kushan Empire
19 Origins of Buddhism
20 The Age of Disunity
21 The Great Taizong and the Rise of the Tang
22 Changan and the Glittering Tang
23 KoreaMysterious Beginnings
24 KoreaThe Land of Morning Calm

25 KoreaThe Unified Silla


26 KoreaThe Koryo
27 JapanGeography and Early Cultures
28 JapanTreasures of the Tomb Period
29 JapanNara and the Great Eastern Temple
30 JapanThe World of the Heian
31 Southeast AsiaVietnam
32 Southeast AsiaIndian and
Islamic Influences
33 The Industrial Revolution of the Song
34 Intellectual and Cultural Life of the Song
35 The Mongols Conquer the World
36 Shaking the Foundation
Mongols in the East

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37 The Rise of the Ming


38 Great Treasure Fleets of the Ming
39 The QingNomads Return from the North
40 The QingThe Last Emperor of China
41 Korea ChosonRise of the Yangban
42 Korea ChosonThe Last Dynasty
43 Medieval JapanSamurai and Shoguns
44 Tokugawa and Meiji Japan
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The 1066 Battle of Hastings
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a global scale, military engagements
have often produced monumental
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The outcome of the 4th-century
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how and why events unfolded and
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Professor Gregory S. Aldrete of the
University of WisconsinGreen
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our world. Throughout the lectures,
he reveals rich historical background
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England expects that every man will do his duty. These words by Admiral Horatio
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What Makes a Battle Decisive?


1274 B.C. KadeshGreatest Chariot Battle
479 B.C. PlataeaGreece Wins Freedom
331 B.C. GaugamelaAlexanders Genius
197 B.C. CynoscephalaeLegion vs. Phalanx
31 B.C. ActiumBirth of the Roman Empire
260110 B.C. ChinaStruggles for Unification
636 Yarmouk & al-QadisiyyahIslam Triumphs
751 Talas & 1192 TarainIslam into Asia

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10 1066 HastingsWilliam Conquers England


11 1187 HattinCrusader Desert Disaster
12 1260 Ain JalutCan the Mongols Be Stopped?
13 1410 TannenbergCataclysm of Knights
14 Frigidus, Badr, DiuObscure Turning Points
15 1521 TenochtitlnAztecs vs. Conquistadors
16 1532 CajamarcaInca vs. Conquistadors
17 1526 & 1556 PanipatBabur & Akbar in India
18 1571 LepantoLast Gasp of the Galleys

19 1592 SacheonYis Mighty Turtle Ships


20 1600 SekigaharaSamurai Showdown
21 1683 ViennaThe Great Ottoman Siege
22 1709 PoltavaSwedens Fall, Russias Rise
23 1759 QuebecBattle for North America
24 1776 TrentonThe Revolutions Darkest Hour
25 1805 TrafalgarNelson Thwarts Napoleon
26 1813 LeipzigThe Grand Coalition
27 1824 AyacuchoSouth American Independence

28 1836 San JacintoMexicos Big Loss


29 1862 AntietamThe Civil Wars Bloodiest Day
30 1866 KniggrtzBismarck Molds Germany
31 1905 TsushimaJapan Humiliates Russia
32 1914 MarneParis Is Saved
33 1939 Khalkhin GolSowing the Seeds of WWII
34 1942 MidwayFour Minutes Change Everything
35 1942 StalingradHitlers Ambitions Crushed
36 Recent & Not-So-Decisive Decisive Battles

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Discover Why the Dark Ages Werent So Dark


The Early Middle Ages
Professor of History Philip Daileader | The College of William & Mary

We often think of the era between A.D. 300 and 1000 as


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24 lectures, youll explore some of the most important transformations that occurred during this period. Learn why this
overlooked period of history truly deserves our attention.

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Long Shadows and the Dark Ages


Diocletian and the Crises of the 3rd Century
Constantine the GreatChristian Emperor
Pagans and Christians in the 4th Century
Athletes of God
Augustine, Part One

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7 Augustine, Part Two


8 Barbarians at the Gate
9 Franks and Goths
10 Arthurs England
11 Justinian and the Byzantine Empire
12 The House of Islam

13 Rise of the Carolingians


14 Charlemagne
15 Carolingian Christianity
16 The Carolingian Renaissance
17 Fury of the Northmen
18 Collapse of the Carolingian Empire

19 The Birth of France and Germany


20 England in the Age of Alfred
21 Al-AndalusIslamic Spain
22 Carolingian EuropeGateway to the Middle Ages
23 Family LifeHow Then Became Now
24 Long Shadows and the Dark Ages Revisited

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The High Middle Ages
Professor of History Philip Daileader | The College of William & Mary

As the last millennium dawned, Europe didnt amount to


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medieval.

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7 Those Who WorkedThe Townspeople


8 Women in Medieval Society
9 Those Who PrayedThe Monks
10 Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Movement
11 Heretics and Heresy
12 The Medieval Inquisitions

13 Jews and Christians


14 The Origins of Scholasticism
15 Aquinas and the Problem of Aristotle
16 The First Universities
17 The Peoples Crusade
18 The Conquest of Jerusalem

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involved in designing them
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maneuverability instead of efficiency).
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Isaac Asimovs famous principles
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are these laws compromised (or


circumvented) by military robots
designed to target and eliminate
human threats?
The uncanny valley: Developed
in the 1970s, this hypothesis
proposes that as robots become
more human in appearance, our
affinity for them grows. But
once robots appear too human,
they simply become disturbing.
FASCINATING ROBOTS OF
TODAYAND TOMORROW
Of course, the most enjoyable part
of Robotics is the robots themselves.
Youll get the opportunity to meet,
learn about, and even witness in
action an amazing roster of robots
that are transforming our everyday
lives. Robots that are simple and
complex, large and small; robots
that work on land, that hover in the
air, that swim underwater; robots
that work in our homes, our factories, our hospitals; robots that clean
rooms and mow lawns and even
perform surgery.
Roomba: This popular home
robot cleans floors by using
infrared sensors to detect walls
and a homing beacon to return
it to its charging station. The
design trade-off with a robot
like Roomba is that while it can
easily transition from bare floors
to carpet, it cant move up and
over stairs.
Wave Glider: This robotic
platform has solved two major
challenges aquatic environments
present to robotics. Since Wave
Gliders wave-based power
supply is endless, energy isnt
a problem. And because Wave
Glider lies at the waters surface,
it can easily navigate using GPS.

The professor brings a number of robots into


the studio, interacting with them and showing
how they move and accomplish tasks.

In-studio demonstrations reveal the inner


workings and circuitry of robots, as the
professor takes some apart and puts them
back together.

Robonaut 2: One of the most


exciting projects in orbital robotics is Robonaut 2, a humanoid
robot consisting of a head, torso,
and two independently functioning arms. Its goal is to safely
assist astronauts working in the
International Space Station.
Da Vinci: A variation on the
classic robot arm, Da Vinci is a
tele-operated robot helping to
lead the charge in medical robotics. This highly advanced robotic
surgical system moves robotic
arms and tiny hand-like manipulators inside the human body,
making minimally-invasive surgery even less invasive
EATR: The Energetically
Autonomous Tactical Robot
(EATR) actually ingests organic
matter for fuel. This wheeled
ground robots external combustion engine uses biomass to generate electrical powermaking
it perfect for operating in remote
areas for long periods of time.
Not only will these and other
robots open your eyes to the intricate details of how robots are
designed, built, and improved upon,
theyll illuminate how roboticists
tackle everyday challenges and create
technological advancements that are
central to the way we live today
and the way well live tomorrow.

agencies, including the National


Science Foundation and the U.S.
Small Business Administration. He
takes you behind the scenes to show
you what worked, what didnt, and
why.
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operate at the level of the wire and
sensor; how theyre built, taken
apart, and rebuilt for different uses;
how theyre designed using the latest
technological advancements; and
more. Packed with robot demonstrations and 3-D animations, these
visually stimulating lectures are an
exciting exploration of robotics at
every level.
Ultimately, its all in service of
Professor Longs overarching goal:
to make you more informed and
engaged with this increasingly
important technology, which brings
together the fields of engineering,
computer science, neuroscience, and
biology. Robotics shows you how
we have been using robots to transform our world for decadesand
how, in the decades to come, they
will continue to revolutionize our
lives.

ROBOTSEXPLAINED BY
A BRILLIANT INNOVATOR
Transforming our studios into a veritable robotics laboratory, Professor
Long lets you experience the trials
and triumphs of robotics firsthand.
Director and co-founder of Vassars
Interdisciplinary Robotics Research
Laboratory, hes researched,
designed, and built robots with
funding from major government

ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR


Dr. John Long is a Professor of
Biology and a Professor of Cognitive
Science on the John Guy Vassar
Chair of Natural History at Vassar
College. He also serves as the
Director of Vassars Interdisciplinary
Robotics Research Laboratory,
which he helped found in 2003.
Professor Long received his Ph.D. in
Zoology from Duke University.
Internationally recognized for his
work in biorobotics and evolutionary robotics, Professor Long creates
autonomous robotic models of
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5 Robot Controllers and Programming


What turns a remotely controlled machine
into an autonomous robot? Self-control.
So where does self-control in robots
come from? Find out in this lecture on
robot controllers: the computer-like part
of robots that uses sensory information to
decide how the robot should achieve its
immediate and long-term goals.

Virtually all industrial robots are specialized robotic manipulators, which make
quick, repetitive, and highly accurate movements to grasp, move, manipulate, and
assemble. With tools in hand, these robots file, paint, cut, polish, flame, weld, bond,
glue, seal, inspect, and sort.

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animalsboth living and extinct
in order to study how the animals
1 The Arrival of Robot Autonomy
work, behave, and evolve. He also
Plunge into the
world of robots
designs and builds bioinspired robots
with this
in collaboration with computer sciengaging
entists, electrical engineers, mechanintroduction.
ical engineers, physicists, and develWhen did we
opment-stage robotics companies.
start thinking
Professor Longs research currently
about robots?
What three
is funded by the National Science
components are responsible for so many
Foundation (NSF). He has received
advances in robot designs? Why is
previous research funding awards
behavioral autonomy so essential to the
from the NSF, the Office of Naval
development of modern robotics?
Research, the U.S. Small Business
2 Robot Bodies and Trade-Offs
Administration, and the Defense
Why just watch robots when you can
Advanced Research Projects Agency.
understand how they actually work?
Deconstruct a Roomba to learn the five
Professor Long is the author of
functional categories of parts all robots
Darwins Devices: What Evolving
need. Then, explore a universal lesson
Robots Can Teach Us about the
about robotics: because robots cant
History of Life and the Future of
do everything well, trade-offs (such as
Technology. He and his robots have
simplicity versus maneuverability) are
always involved.
been featured in the journal Science,
in the international press; on numer- 3 Robot Actuators and Movement
Investigate robot actuators: the motors
ous news programs; and in science
and transmissions that underlie all robotic
documentaries, including Through
movement. Youll learn about the early
the Wormhole, Evolve, and Predator
use of springs as motors in automata; how
X.
electricity spins the magnets that make
motors move; how movement defines
what a robot is; and different types of
motors (including DC and servo motors).

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6 Human-Inspired Robot Planning


In robotics, the
most important
problem mobile
robots must solve is
how to navigate, or
move with purpose,
in the world. Here,
learn how
simultaneous localization and mapping
(using internal models, beacons, and
dead reckoning navigation) is the key to a
robots autonomy in both structured and
exploratory situations.
7 Animal-Inspired Robot Behavior
Consider an approach to creating robots
thats inspired not by maps but by the
simple sense-and-act behavior of animals.
Youll learn the benefits of behavior-based
robotic architecture (including quicker
reactions and stronger sensors), and see
how simple animals including ants have
inspired roboticists to build fascinating
inventions.
8 Basic Skills for Making Robots
So you want to make a robot. Where
should you start? Learn how to work with
tools like multimeters and solid-core
wires; how to perform basic tasks
including stripping wire and building
simple circuits; and how to hack into
existing robots to get them to perform
tasks they werent intended to do.
9 Designing a New Robot
Move from kits and hacks into the actual
design and construction of more complex
robots for research or business. As you
explore the iterative decision-making
process used by robotics engineers,
youll meet intriguing robots including
Madeline, the first transphibian vehicle,
and RayBot, an artificial fish used for
surveillance.
10 A Robot for Every Task?
Wouldnt it be great to have a robot that
took out your trash or put away your
books? Explore how robots are designed
to perform specific tasks, and the choices
roboticists must consider in doing so
including the stability of the workplace
and the minute steps of the task itself.

11 Robot Arms in the Factory


Each year, many
tens of thousands
of new robots are
purchased to help
us manufacture
cars, medicines,
and other everyday
materials. And it all
started with variations on the robotic arm.
Here, examine early prototypes of
pick-and-place robots; consider the
trade-offs between range and control of
motion; and ponder how far weve come
with industrial robotics.
12 Mobile Robots at Home
Advancements in modern robotics have
made robots useful, safe, reliable, easy
to use, and affordable to have in our
homes. So how exactly do different home
robotssuch as vacuum cleaners like
Roomba, gutter cleaners like Looj, and
lawn mowers like MowBotadjust to
the unique demands of their respective
tasks?
13 Hospital Robots and Neuroprosthetics
Hospital robots have designs and
functions meant to tackle the complexity
of the modern medical workplace. First,
discover how robots like HelpMate
and Da Vinci work in patient wards,
surgical theaters, and other settings.
Then, delve into the burgeoning field of
neuroprosthetics, which use the human
nervous system for control of artificial
limbs.
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Lane changes,
off-roading,
irregular traffic
patternshow
do robotic cars
handle it all? Find
out in this lecture
on the trade-offs
(especially between speed and safety)
involved in creating self-driving vehicles.
Peer into the future of how youre likely to
get from place to place, perhaps without
having to do a thing.
15 F
 lying Robots: From
Autopilots to Drones
Take to the air for an eye-opening look at
aerial robots, from the autopilot features
in commercial airplanes to unmanned
drones that can deliver packages. Topics
include the role of gyroscopic sensors
and recent technological advancements
that are extending the functionality and
power of flying robots like never before.
 nderwater Robots That
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Hover and Glide
Some of the most exciting robots on
the planet are found underwater. Here,
learn how todays roboticists have
developed unique solutions to creating
autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs),
like Wave Glider, that have overcome
critical challenges involving sensors,
power supply, and design to do things
like circumnavigate the globe or travel to
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4 Robot Sensors and Simple


Communication
Intelligent behavior in robots is rooted
in the sensors that determine how much
robots know about the world around
them. Professor Long demonstrates how
sensors work to communicate across
the electromagnetic spectrum, including
through infrared (like in Roombas) and
visible light (for underwater robots that
communicate using flashing blue lights).

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areas for many of our lifelong learnersso much so that were constantly looking to expand our course
offerings and to find new ways to
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graspable. One area we had yet to
give The Great Courses treatment is
robotics. Its an increasingly popular
field of study on college campuses
around the world. More important,
its a field thats quickly redefining
nearly every facet of human civilization, from how we live and move to
how we travel and heal. When the
head of our recruitment department
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He simply had a couple of hours to
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robotics a try. An hour and a half
later, he found himself skipping that
seminar to corner Dr. Long for a conversationhis robotics lecture was
flat-out fascinating. A few months
later, with Professor Longs help, we
transformed our studio into a veritable robotics laboratory where his
creations and others could be seen
in action. We think weve crafted
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24 lectures on robotics, and we
hope you enjoy it!
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on Other Worlds
Find out how space missions have
pushed us to the limits of what
autonomous robots can do. Central
to this lecture are several fascinating
robots, including Robonaut 2 (a humanoid
robot working on the International
Space Station) and the rovers Spirit and
Opportunity, who are helping us better
understand the complex geography of
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Robots already help humans everywhereindustrial robots in factories, surgical robots in hospitals, robots gathering
astronomical data in space and on distant planets, and even toy robots.
18 Why Military Robots Are Different
Explore the tension between
semi-autonomous
military robots
and our need
to oversee their
safety and control.
In looking at
military robots
such as the Predator unmanned aerial
system and the Phalanx weapons
system, youll learn about the unique
trade-offs involved in the speed and
accuracy of action, and the ability to
distinguish friend from foe.
19 Extreme Robots
Walking and running robots, whether
they move on four legs or two, offer
some of the most extreme physical
challenges in all of robotics. What are the
advantages of legged robots that make
them so attractive to roboticists? How do
robots with legs balance themselves and
move around in different environments?

20 Swarm Robots
A huge challenge in robotics is getting
robots to work as a team to do things
they cant do alone. Enter swarm robots:
simple, similar mobile robots that
combine to generate complex behaviors.
Investigate this area of robotics thats
barely in its infancy, but has vast potential
for scientific research, military defense,
and more.
21 Living Robots?
Robots are starting to perform the core
features of life, to the point where it may
be possible to have a robot that actually
lives. Professor Long introduces
you to robots that eat by harvesting
energy; robots that grow by building
and improving themselves; and robots
that evolve by designing themselves
autonomously.
22 Social Robots
Enter the brave new world of social
robotics, where robots are built
specifically to communicate with humans
and other autonomous physical agents.
With the help of the robot Baxter,

discover how simple signals like spoken


words, expressions, and body language
can create a dynamic user interface
between human and robot.
23 Humanoid Robots: Just like Us?
Have we reached the
point where robots
are becoming just
like human beings?
Probe this fascinating
question by
examining recent
developments in artificial intelligence, the
concept of the uncanny valley, and
three imitation games to determine
where we stand with humanoid robots.
24 The Futures of Robotics
Because its a multidisciplinary field,
there isnt just one future for robotics,
but instead multiple futures. What
could some of them look like? Consider
everything from companion robots that
can coordinate our activities to surgical
robots that can work autonomously
inside our bodies using updates from a
robotic cloud system.

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the Devices You Use Every Day
Understanding Modern Electronics
Professor of Physics Richard Wolfson | Middlebury College

Delve into the fascinating world of electrons and see


how mankind has harnessed their power to create
devices that only decades ago seemed like science fiction.

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al and theoretical understanding.


Whether youre an aspiring engineer,
an enthusiastic tinkerer, or simply
intellectually curious, this course will
demystify the behavior and inner
circuitry of electronic devices and
inspire you to see technology in a
whole new light.
MEET THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Modern electronics emerged from
electro-mechanical technology such
as wires, motors, batteries, and
switches with the invention of the
vacuum tubea device that made it
possible to amplify electrical signals.
This spectacularly useful function,
which underlies the entire field of
electronics, made possible the development of radio technology and
long distance telephony. Over the
last century, scientific theory and
practical engineering have been combined to produce or adapt a host of
similarly useful components that are
employed in modern electronics. In
this course, Professor Wolfson will
introduce:
the transistor, which replaced the
bulky vacuum tube, and can be
used to both amplify and switch
electronic signals;
the capacitor, a component
which stores energy and electric
charge;
the resistor, which restricts the
flow of current and lowers voltage levels within electronic circuits; and more.
Youll also learn about the mysterious and highly important physical
materials known as semiconductors,
so named because their ability to
carry electric current is in between a
conductor like copper or aluminum
and an insulator like glass or paper.

Harnessing the power of electrons has allowed us to invent miraculous devices that
are now ubiquitous.

THE ANALOG LEVEL


With these basic building blocks
and others, electrical engineers can
assemble a wide variety of circuits
interconnected groups of electronic
components that create devices with
specific functions. Professor Wolfson
presents live, in-studio demonstrations of many commonly used
circuits, teaching you the basics of
circuit construction along the way.
Youll
learn how to read a circuit
diagram, the easy-to-decipher
technical drawings that allow
engineers to create a blueprint of
a circuit;
become familiar with instruments such as voltmeters, multimeters, oscilloscopes, and others

that engineers use to measure the


three basic properties exhibited
by electrons in a circuitcurrent, voltage, and resistance;
learn the role played by transistors in controlling electric currents;
understand why and how capacitors can be employed to reduce
and filter electronic noise in
circuits; and much more.
After learning the basics of circuits, youll put your newfound
knowledge to work as Professor
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ny sufficiently advanced
technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
In the last 100 years, the world
has undergone a tremendous revolution made possible by advances in
modern electronics. Electronic deviceswhich manipulate electrons or
their associated fields in fundamental
ways to produce a useful effect
have provided us with ubiquitous,
massive computational power; allow
us to communicate nearly instantly
with loved ones across the globe;
can flawlessly record, safeguard, and
display information; and provide us
with tremendously precise control of
manufacturing devices and medical
instruments. They are fundamental
to our global economy, improve our
lives immeasurably, and underlie
virtually every aspect of modern
life. Yet very few of us have any idea
of how electronic devices actually
work.
In fact, these increasingly complex devices, which seem nearly
magical to us, operate on a few basic
principles that are both fascinating
and easy to understand. Now, in
Understanding Modern Electronics,
award-winning Professor of Physics
Richard Wolfson provides a working
explanation of the principles that
govern electronic circuits, then shows
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easily accessible lectures, Professor
Wolfson combines his academic
expertise, including many years of
teaching electronics at Middlebury
College, and his lifelong avocation as
an electronics hobbyist to examine
how these remarkable devices work,
bypassing much of the higher mathematics without sacrificing function-

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Hundreds of visual elements are included
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On-screen text lets you follow along and see


key points as the professor speaks.

Animations help you visualize electronics


concepts in action.

Watch as Professor Wolfson builds


electronic devices in the studioand build
yours at home if you like!

THE DIGITAL LEVEL


Of course, if analog electronic
devices were the only types that
existed, wed still be living with
1950s technology. In the last part of
the course youll explore how voltages in digital circuits represent just
two discrete states: 0 and 1. From
this base-2 or binary number
system, the entire world of computers was born. Youll discover how
logic gates (which are composed of
transistors operating as electronic
switches) and truth tables (which are
mathematical diagrams that show
all possible outputs from all possible
combinations of inputs) combine to
form the basis of computer logic.
ELECTRONICS MADE
ACCESSIBLE
By leaving much of the rigorous
mathematics to the textbooks, your
education in modern electronics
will take a practical approach from
the very beginning. Understanding
Modern Electronics discusses the
subject on a conceptual level of
how and why things work. An
accomplished physicist, lifelong
electronics hobbyist, and a popular
Great Courses veteran, Professor
Wolfson steadily leads you through
these 24 interactive lectures. He
starts by introducing the symbols for
basic components used in circuits,
explores how these components
behave, adds the all-important
transistor, and then constructs,

amplifiers, logic gates, counting circuits, computer memory, and much


more..
Understanding Modern
Electronics also provides the tools
necessary for ambitious learners to
get hands-on experience with the
workings of electronics and build
their own devices using inexpensive
and readily available components.
The course uses animated circuit
diagrams that add an additional
layer of visualization not available in
textbooks or even most classrooms.
Youll be provided with example
problems and small projects to try,
using a pen and paper or online circuit simulators. Youre free to work
through the solutions on your own
to test your skills, or work alongside
Professor Wolfson.
So if youre a maker whos eager
to improve your understanding of
electronics, a computer science or
engineering buff looking for a new
challenge, or one of the many people
who use electronic technology every
day and want to better understand
how these magical devices work,
Understanding Modern Electronics
is the course for you!
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Richard Wolfson is a Benjamin
F. Wissler Professor of Physics at
Middlebury College, a Fellow of the
American Physical Society, and a
lifelong electronics hobbyist.

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Life, he came to us with the idea of
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lifelong love of electronics.
In our modern society, it seems
that the moment we understand our
gadgets, they are obsolete, having
been replaced by newer models
with added features. It is easy to feel
swept away by all the changes, but
Professor Wolfson wanted to show
our customers that all of todays devices can be boiled down to simple
concepts involving the movement of
electrons.
Given Professor Wolfsons popularity with our customers and his
drive to make physics relevant to our
everyday lives, we immediately took
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polling our customers to see if they
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Electricity and Electronics


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Instruments and Measurement
AC versus DC
Up the Treble, Down the Bass!
SemiconductorsThe Miracle Material

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8 Transistors as Amplifiers
9 Building an Audio Amplifier
10 The Ideal Amplifier
11 Feedback Magic
12 Electronic Feedback

13 Amplifier Circuits Using Op-Amps


14 More Fun with Op-Amps
15 Using Op-Amps with Capacitors
16 Digital versus Analog
17 Electronics Goes Digital
18 Flip-Flop Circuits

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21 Digital Counters
22 Digital to Analog
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35 Wellness and the BrainEffects of Stress
36 NeuroscienceLooking Back
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2
3
4
5
6

How Your Brain Works


Your Unique Thinking Abilities
Damaged Brain, Damaged Function
NeuroplasticityYour Flexible Brain
How Your Brain Uses Memory
The Advantages of Forgetting

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7 Creativity and Fluid Intelligence


8 How Your Brain Uses Your Senses
9 Seeing with Your BrainVision
10 Feeling with Your BrainEmotion
11 How Emotion Drives Attention
12 Pleasure and Your Brain

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What Makes You Happy


How Your Brain Manages Stress
Your Social Brain
How Infant Brains Work
How Adolescent Brains Work
Sex and Your Brain

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21 How Self-Control Works
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Explore the Overwhelming Impact of Geography


on the History, Politics, and Culture of Humankind
Understanding Cultural and Human Geography
Professor and Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Paul Robbins | University of WisconsinMadison

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o one is an island. The


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8 Disease Geography
9 Political Ecology
10 Economic Geography
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12 Uneven Development and Global Poverty

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19 Cultural Commodification
20 Culture, Power, and the Politics of Meaning
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22 Regionalism and the Rise of New States
23 SupranationalismTaking on Big Problems
24 Future Geographies

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3 AnthropoceneThe Age of Human Impact
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The Scope of Life


More on the Origin of Life
The Organism and the Cell
ProteinsHow Things
Get Done in the Cell
5 Which Molecule Holds the Code?
6 The Double Helix
7 The Nuts and Bolts of
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8 The Central Dogma
9 The Genetic Code
10 From DNA to RNA
11 From RNA to Protein
12 When Mistakes Happen
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15 How Sex Leads to Variation

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17 Charles Darwin and The
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18 Natural Selection in Action
19 Reconciling Darwin and Mendel
20 Mechanisms of
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21 What Are Species and How
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22 More on the Origin
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23 Reconstructing Evolution
24 The History of Life, Revisited
25 From Cells to Organisms
26 Control of Gene Expression I
27 Control of Gene Expression II
28 Getting Proteins to
the Right Place

29 Genetic Engineering
and Biotechnology
30 How Cells TalkSignals
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31 How Cells TalkWays
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32 From One Cell to Many
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33 Patterns of Early Development
34 Determination and Differentiation
35 Induction and Pattern Formation
36 Genes and Development
37 Homeostasis
38 Hormones in Animals
39 What Is Special about Neurons?
40 Action Potentials and Synapses
41 Synaptic Integration and Memory
42 Sensory Function
43 How Muscles Work

44 The Innate Immune System


45 The Acquired Immune System
46 Form and Function in Plants I
47 Form and Function in Plants II
48 Behavior as an Adaptive Trait
49 Energy and Resources
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50 How Energy Is
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51 EnzymesMaking
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52 Cellular Currencies of Energy
53 Making ATPGlycolysis
54 Making ATPCellular Respiration
55 Making ATPThe
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56 Capturing Energy from Sunlight
57 The Reactions of Photosynthesis
58 Resources and Life Histories

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61 What Limits Population Growth?
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66 Competition and the
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Research Professor of Physics Sean Carroll | California Institute of Technology

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Why Time Is a Mystery


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Keeping Time
Times Arrow
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
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11 The Past Hypothesis
12 Memory, Causality, and Action

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Boltzmann Brains
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The Perception of Time
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Time and Relativity
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free trade
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1 Man, Nature, and Economic Uncertainty


Professor Fullenkamp begins with
black swan eventsoccurrences that
are considered as improbable as black
swans. A notable recent example is the
2008 financial crisis. This leads to an
examination of the nature of uncertainty
and the best strategy for dealing with it.
2 Turning Uncertainty into Risk
When faced with
an uncertain
situation, try
turning it into a
risky situation.
Risk is probability.
Knowledge is
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but its a surprisingly effective approach,
pioneered by University of Chicago
economist Frank Knight. See where it
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settings.
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In dealing with uncertainty, it makes
sense to have an arsenal of different
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risk management that can be used
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information, diversifying, sharing risk,
avoiding risk, and absorbing risk. Probe
instructive examples of each.
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to use them.
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ways that people
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System 1 excels at
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time-consuming. Weigh the strengths
and weaknesses of each, focusing on the
problem of estimating probabilities.
6 The Reward in Risk
Having learned to convert uncertainty
to risk in Lecture 2, now go deeper
by investigating how probabilities
can gauge rewards and risks. Test
risk-assessing tools used in finance,
including expected value, variance,
standard deviation, coefficient of
variation, Sharpe ratio, covariance, and
beta.
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When is a risky project worth doing?
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decision trees, are powerful tools for


weighing risk in both business and daily
life.
8 Gambling Economics
Gambling makes some people nervous,
but it gives valuable insight into any
type of risk-taking activity, including
investing and entrepreneurship. Explore
the role of games of skill and chance in
the economy, and apply their lessons to
activities such as banking and retirement
planning.
9 Game Theory: Reveal or Conceal?
Use game theory to shed light on
strategic interactions, which are
competitive transactions involving
people or organizations. Such
interactions can range from negotiating
the sale of a house to pricing products for
maximum sales. As an example, analyze
an intriguing competition between two
potato chip brands.
10 Adverse Selection: Hiding in Plain Sight
Adverse selection occurs when the lack
of information by one party leads to a
distorted result. See how this situation
surfaces in many different contexts, from
used car sales to investment deals to
Internet purchases. Learn to recognize
the adverse selection trap, and know
how to correct it.
11 Moral Hazard: Whom Do You Trust?
Examine another
outcome of
asymmetric
information: the
moral hazard
problem. This
peril arose
spectacularly in the 2008 financial crisis,
with the widespread sale of bad loans
to unwitting investors. But it also lurks in
many small-scale transactions. Discover
what you can do to combat it.
12 The Principal-Agent Problem:
When Mice Play
Focus on a special case of moral hazard:
the principal-agent problem, in which an
agent is appointed to handle a matter
beyond the expertise of the person
doing the hiring (the principal). The agent
may easily take unfair advantage of this
situation, which covers everything from
home repair to government contracting.

utility function. Also study altruisms


connection to the moral hazard problem.
15 Mayhem! Insurance Protection
Investigate the multitude of ways you can
insure against misfortune, from extended
warranties to travel insurance to
identity-theft protectionnot to mention
health, car, home, and life insurance.
Learn how insurance products work, and
get tips on what you should cover and at
what value.
16 Uncertainty in the Numbers
Statistics are essential tools for dealing
with uncertainty, but they should be used
with caution. Put numbers such as the
unemployment rate and consumer price
index into context, probing how such
statistics are measured and what the
sampling error and confidence interval
say about their reliability.
17 The Business Cycles Wheel of Fortune
Nothing is as
certain and yet so
unpredictable as
the business cycle;
economic
expansion is
invariably followed
by a recessionand vice versabut
economists are at a loss to forecast the
timing. Study different theories of the
business cycle, and learn how to prepare
for the next boom or bust.
18 The Danger of Inflation
Even in times of low inflation, no one
knows when prices will take off again.
Look into the causes of inflation, efforts
to control it, and the surprising wisdom
of promoting a small degree of inflation.
Also examine the disaster of deflation,
which is a generalized drop in prices.
19 Extreme Markets
At any given
moment,
some market
somewhere is
making headlines
because its either
hitting record
highs or crashing down to earth. Learn
how to approach the uncertainty of
financial markets with savvy and common
sense. Focus on strategies that can help
you reach your financial goals.

13 Compensation Traps
Delve into the uncertain realm of
compensation contracts, which ideally
motivate employees to do a good
job, but too often have unintended
consequences. Survey the pluses and
minuses of efficiency wages, piecework,
milestone payments, commissions,
promotions, stock options, and other
incentives.

20 Regulation, Innovation, Excess


Government policies are a major
source of uncertainty, since they can
alter our lives in unpredictable ways.
Study the surprising outcomes from
several government interventions in the
U.S. economy. In particular, look at the
regulatory cycle model, which shows
how a complex system responds to new
regulations.

14 Caring, Sharing, and Risk Bearing


Altruism is more complicated than
simple selflessness. Instead, it may be
the worlds oldest and most effective
risk-sharing system. Discover the power
of viewing altruism as economists doas
a mathematical expression called the

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Free trade produces uncertainty and
anxiety in economic players at all
levels. Understand how comparative
advantage governs who benefits in
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EXCERPT: LECTURE 3: FIVE WAYS TO FACE THE UNKNOWN

REDUCING UNCERTAINTY BY CREATING INFORMATION


We define uncertainty as a lack of
information. If the problem is lack
of information, then one way to deal
with uncertainty is to obtain more
informationeither by collecting it,
or by drawing inferences from other
information we already possess.
Every piece of information we
produce reduces uncertainty, at
least a little bit. And when I say
produce information, I mean
that literally. We have to expend
resources like time, effort, and
money to gather information and
process it into a usable form. Some
types of information are cheap
to produce, and other types are
expensive. Lets think about how
information is produced. One of
the main ways we do this is by
measuring things. People measure
anything and everything. In other
words, people seem to naturally
want to gather data. And we keep
records of the things we measure.
Why? Well, so we can play with the
numbers! Humans love to compare
numbersinteresting facts and
figures fascinate us. The media
bombards us with factoids, and we
eat them up. And we love to make
picturescharts and graphsout of
the data we gather. We cant help it.
This natural fascination with data
helps people deal with risk. When
we compare numbers, or data in
any form, like pictures, we notice
patterns. And these patterns help
us make inferences about things
that we dont know, and probably
cant ever know directly. We can
make better guesses about what

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will happen in the future by using


patterns in the data.
For example, if youre like me,
youre amazed at how advanced the
science of astronomy was in many
ancient civilizations. People werent
only interested in the stars for the
fun of it, but because they noticed
that the patterns in the stars helped
to predict patterns in the seasons.
In Egypt, astronomy was used to
predict when the Nile River would
flood. In that civilization, this was
the make-or-break economic event
each year, similar to the arrival of
the monsoon in India. Gathering
accurate information about the
movement of the stars and planets
helped reduce uncertainty about
when to plant the crops.
As this example shows, there
can be big payoffs to reducing
uncertainty through producing
information. When we have more
information, we can make better

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choices, which in turn increase


production and profits, reduce
losses and waste, and generally
make people a lot better off. Its no
wonder, then, that we devote a huge
amount of resources to producing
information in addition to all the
other things we produce. The
government itself invests billions of
dollars a year into collecting data.
Think about the Census Bureau,
for example, which keeps track of
how many people live in the U.S.
The private sector also gathers vast
amounts of data. Even before the
advent of the internet, gathering
data was essential to running a
modern business. Companies
routinely do test marketing, consult
with focus groups, and conduct
surveys before they commit to new
products. Lots of companies thrive
simply on the business of collecting
and selling data.
Of course, most of the companies

in this business dont just deal in


raw datathat is, lists of numbers
and other information that theyve
collected. They also sell information
that they create, using the data they
collect as raw material. Lets look at
that in a little more detail.
I mentioned that human beings
are great at noticing patterns in
data, and at figuring out how to
use this information to reduce risks.
And Im sure that you and I still
do this in our everyday lives. For
example, a friend of mine who lives
in a big Midwestern city told me
that he makes sure to fill his pickup
truck with gas early in the week,
usually Monday or Tuesday. Thats
because hes noticed that, in his
city, gasoline prices often jump up
by large amounts on Wednesdays
and only gradually come back
down over the weekend. Gas prices
dont always behave this way, but
my friends strategy helps him deal
with the uncertainty caused by not
knowing exactly when gas prices will
rise, or by how much.
Its really not a very big
intellectual leap to go from noticing
patterns in data to creating models
to help us make educated guesses
about information that wed like
to know. When we use models,
all were doing is using a little bit
of math to describe the patterns
more concretely, so that we can
make more precise guesses, and also
make them quickly and easily. For
companies looking for every source
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ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR


Dr. Connel Fullenkamp is Professor
of the Practice and Director of
Undergraduate Studies in the
Economics Department at Duke
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How Investors Make Money
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The Basics of Bonds
Introduction to Mutual Funds
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9 Fundamentals-Based Analysis of Stocks
10 Startup Companies and IPOs
11 Why Should You Care about Dividends?
12 Using Leverage

19 Cycles and Market Timing


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22 Time Value of Money
23 Financial Planning
24 Taking Charge of Your Investments

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19 Giving and HelpingWhy Altruism?


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ing their scientific underpinnings,
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Informal, Formal, and Intensive Practices
Who Am I? The Perils of Self
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12 Seeing Sadness and Depression in a New Light

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Overcoming Traumas Large and Small
Groundbreaking Mindfulness Programs

19 The Neurobiology of Self-Preoccupation


20 Growing Up Isnt EasyFacing Impermanence
21 Toward a Science of Wisdom
22 The Promise of Enlightenment
23 Mindful Ethics as a Path to Freedom
24 The New Science of Happiness

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Lecture Titles
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The Snake and the Crane


First Steps in a Journey
Harmony and Balance
The Ultimate Martial Art
The Five Families of Tai Chi Practice
Qigong and the Five Animal Frolics
Energy ExerciseA Branch
of Chinese Medicine

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8 The First Pillar of PracticeForms


9 The Second PillarPush Hands for Two
10 The Third PillarStanding Meditation
11 Benefits to the Heart and Immune System
12 A Healthy Weight and a Healthy Mind
13 Tai Chi LegendsStories of the Masters
14 Reading the Tai Chi Classics

15 A Superior WorkoutUse
More of Your Muscles
16 Eight Pieces of Brocade and a Better Back
17 Tai Chi WeaponsWhen
Hands Are Not Empty
18 Using the MindInner
Organizing Principles
19 Mental and Physical Flow

20 Creating Space for Choices


21 Flow at WorkWhen Business Is in Balance
22 Energy Flow in Your Surroundings
23 Taking Practice Deeper
24 The Evolution of Tai Chi

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How We Fail
Cell BiologyIntroduction and Definitions
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InflammationClinical Manifestations
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14 Schistosomiasis, Filariasis, Tapeworms
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16 Infectious DiseasesTriumph and Failure
17 ShockPrinciples and Hypovolemic Shock
18 Categories of Shock

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21 Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis
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4 Building Authentic Self-Esteem
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5 Teaching Kids to CareThe
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Sources of Nutrition Fact and Fiction
Our Underappreciated Digestive Tract
Its All about the Calories!
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Not All Carbohydrates Are Created Equal
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ProteinAn Indispensable Nutrient
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16 Iron, Zinc, SeleniumBalance Is Everything
17 Cardiovascular DiseaseWhat Are the Risks?
18 A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

19 The DASH DietA Lifesaver


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21 Healthy Weight Management
22 Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
23 Dietary Approaches to Weight Management
24 Nutrition and Cancer Prevention
25 Nutrition and Digestive Health
26 Prebiotics and Probiotics in Your Diet
27 Food SafetyIts in Your Hands

28 Demystifying Food Labels


29 Facts on Functional Foods
30 A Look at Herbal Therapy
31 Organic or ConventionalYour Choice
32 Fake or RealSugars and Fats
33 Creating Your Own Personal Nutrition Plan
34 Exercise and NutritionPartners for Life
35 The Future of NutritionScience and Trends
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by our social environments, socioeconomic status, culture, behaviors,
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and habits of mind, among many
factors.
Mind-body medicineworking
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the University of California, San
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the questions of what makes us sick,
what makes us well, and what we
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Youll finish the course with a tool
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Scientific research shows that even a few weeks of mindfulness meditation can
with your medical providers and
boost your immune system, as well as have numerous other benefits to your health.
maximize your own health.

Lecture Titles
1 Weaving the Biopsychosocial Braid
2 Vital SignsDefining Health and Illness
3 Fight or Flight vs. Rest and Digest
4 Simmering SoupThe
Neuroendocrine System
5 Deploying the TroopsBasic Immunology
6 Nature vs. NurtureGenes,
Health, and Disease
7 Forget Me NotCognitive Function
8 Mind over MatterCognition in Everyday Life
9 Emotions RevealedPsychology of Emotions

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10 Agony and EcstasyBiology of Emotion


11 Whats Your EQ, and How Can You Improve It?
12 Whats Your Type? Personality and Health
13 An Apple a DayBehavior
and Disease Prevention
14 Staying on the WagonMaking
Changes That Last
15 Ease the BurnModernDay Stress and Coping
16 The IcebergVisible and Hidden Identity
17 Ties That BindRelationships and Health
18 Building BridgesIntimacy and Relationships

19 Touched by GraceSpirituality and Health


20 A Matter of Class
Socioeconomics and Health
21 A Cog in the WheelOccupational Stress
22 The Power of PlaceCommunities and Health
23 The Master PlanPublic Health and Policy
24 Heart and SoulCardiovascular Disease I
25 Heart and SoulCardiovascular Disease II
26 The Big CCancer and Mind-Body Medicine
27 Bugs, Drugs, and Buddha
Psychoneuroimmunology

28 Fire in the BellyThe GI System


29 ObesityAmericas New Epidemic
30 The Strain in Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain
31 Catching Your ZsSleep and Health
32 Chasing ZebrasSomatoform Disorders
33 Seeing the Glass Half EmptyDepression
34 Silencing the ScreamUnderstanding Anxiety
35 Lingering WoundsTrauma,
Resilience, Growth
36 Tomorrows Biopsychosocial Medicine

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Experience a new level of health and serenity with this course that introduces you to the science and practice of yoga.

Encounter the Rich Variety of Yoga Traditions and


Experience a New Level of Health and Serenity
Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body | Heidi E. Sormaz, Ph.D. Certified Yoga Instructor

early all of us would like less


stress in our lives, a better
ability to focus, improved
health, and a fitness routine that we
truly enjoy. You may be surprised to
learn that yoga provides all of these
benefits with a system of exercises
that can be adapted to any age or
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Today, millions of people practice
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of the most effective activities for


achieving a healthy mind and body.
While the roots of yoga go back
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addressing a specific set of issues. For
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optimized for these goals, among
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Calming: A practice called yin
yoga gently stretches the bodys
connective tissues in poses held
for several minutes at a time. It is
ideal for meditation.
Cardiovascular fitness: Power
yoga is a vigorous workout, coordinated with attentive breathing
that leaves you feeling both
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Pain relief: Yoga exercises


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Mental healing: Forrest yoga is
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DISCOVER YOGAS
MANY BENEFITS
After covering the history of yoga
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set of routines, introducing the basics
of hatha yoga along with the more
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Like millions of other people, quite
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Most yoga videos cover a single
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history of yoga, its physiological effects, and medical benefits, while
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We found an exceptional teacher
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of health and serenity.

the powerful meditative component


of yoga. In Yoga for a Healthy
Mind and Body, you practice simple routines that make you feel and
move better, and you also learn how
yoga can help resolve chronic pain,
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cravings and compulsions.

AN IMMENSELY
REWARDING JOURNEY
Many of the terms used in yoga
come from Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. Among the beautiful
Sanskrit words you will encounter
are these:
Pranayama: Breathing exercises.
The foundation of yoga is breath
manipulation, which can produce immediate results in reducing stress and lowering blood
pressure.
Asana: A body posture. The
Sanskrit names of most poses
have -asana as a suffix; for example, dandasana, or staff pose,
which is a basic seated posture.
Vinyasa: A continuous, dynamic
sequence of asanas, synchronized
with the breath. There are many
different styles of vinyasa yoga,
the most popular of which is
power yoga.
Surya namaskar: The sun salutation. Traditionally performed in
the morning as the sun rises, this
is a simple and calming sequence
that will also wake you up!
You will also practice the warhow conscious breathing and a focus rior poses, cat/cow, side angle,
on mindfulness can open the door to mountain, downward facing dog,
yogas many benefits that go beyond and other colorfully named asanas,
learning how to incorporate them in
improved physical health.
various programs and always closing
Dr. Sormaz has a Ph.D. in
with savasana, a relaxing and rejuvePsychology from Yale University
nating prone pose that is the perfect
and is an expert on the emotional
end to a yoga session. In addition,
obstacles that can be addressed by
you learn an exercise that you can

do at home, at work, or even in a


car to counteract the modern-day
tendency to slump.
While yoga can be performed
without any equipment, Dr. Sormaz
recommends that you acquire some
basic props so that you can modify
more challenging poses to suit your
level of fitness and flexibility. These
include two yoga blocks, a strap,
and two blankets. With the addition
of a yoga mat and a wall, you will be
equipped to perform any asana.
If you are a person who thinks,
Im not flexible enough to do
yoga, then thats exactly why you
should try this course. Dr. Sormaz
shows that there is a practice that
will work for you and start you on
your road to a healthier mind and
body.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Heidi E. Sormaz is the founder,
owner, and director of Fresh Yoga
LLC in New Haven, Connecticut.
She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in
Psychology from Yale University
and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale
and the University of California,
Berkeley. She taught psychology at
Yale, San Francisco State University,
and Albertus Magnus College. Dr.
Sormaz obtained the highest teaching credentials from both Forrest
Yoga and Yoga Alliance.
In her academic work, Dr.
Sormaz is an expert on the influence of arousal and attention on
performance, the effects of anxiety
on thinking, stress management,
and performance in pressure situations. Her publications include the
book Performance under Pressure:
Managing Stress in the Workplace,
published by HRD Press, and the
article Meditation Can Reduce
Habitual Responding, published in

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Due to the nature of yoga, this course


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over 180 visual elements. In the practical
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On-screen text reinforces the yoga


concepts discussed in each lecture.

View the instructor as she demonstrates


the various poses and gives you tips to
maintain good form.

Alternative Therapies in Health and


Medicine. Dr. Sormaz was awarded
the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae
Award from Case Western Reserve
University and the Wilhelm Wundt
Award at the Northeast Ohio
Undergraduate Psychology Research
Conference.
In addition to teaching yoga in
her own studio, she has presented
workshops and teacher trainings at
conferences and studios across the
United States, including Kripalu and
the Esalen Institute. Yoga Journal
featured Dr. Sormaz on its list of
teachers who are shaping yogas
future from across America.

Lecture Titles
1 Western Yoga
2 Yoga Begins with the Breath
3 Yoga and Pain Relief

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10 Anusara Yoga
11 Forrest Yoga
12 Everyday Yoga

7 Iyengar Yoga
8 Power Yoga
9 Yin Yoga

4 Yoga for a Healthy Heart


5 Yoga and Addictive Behavior
6 Yoga for Depression and Anxiety

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Discover the Fascinating Ways That Food


Has Shaped Your World

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Food: A Cultural Culinary History

Farida Ahmed, Chicago, IL

Professor of History Ken Albala | University of the Pacific

View the history and culture of our species as it relates


to the single subject of food, and discover how the
entirety of human civilizationwar, trade, politics, art,
religion, and morehas been shaped by its interaction
with food.

ating is an indispensable
human activity. As a result, the
drive to obtain food has been
a major catalyst across all of history.
In fact, civilization itself began in the
quest for food.
In every era, the unfolding of
history has been intimately tied to
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food, and the culture of food. In all
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an integral part of religious identity. The quest for spices and exotic
foodstuffs led to the European discovery of the New World, as well as
to the connecting of the entire globe
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food technology.
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these reasons, food offers a deeply
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Through food culture, we see how
primary biological needselemental,
intimate, essentialhave shaped all
human lives through the ages.

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Food & Wine

Food: A Cultural
Culinary History
Professor Ken Albala
University of the Pacific

10 Early ChristianityFood
Rituals and Asceticism
11 Europes Dark Ages and Charlemagne
12 IslamA Thousand and One
Nights of Cooking
13 Carnival in the High Middle Ages
14 International Gothic Cuisine
15 A Renaissance in the Kitchen
16 Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking
17 1492Globalization and Fusion Cuisines
18 16th-Century Manners and
Reformation Diets

19 Papal Rome and the Spanish Golden Age


20 The Birth of French Haute Cuisine
21 Elizabethan England,
Puritans, Country Food
22 Dutch TreatCoffee, Tea, Sugar, Tobacco
23 African and Aboriginal Cuisines
24 Edo, JapanSamurai Dining
and Zen Aesthetics
25 Colonial Cookery in North America
26 Eating in the Early Industrial Revolution
27 Romantics, Vegetarians, Utopians

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28 First Restaurants, Chefs, and Gastronomy


29 Big Business and the
Homogenization of Food
30 Food Imperialism around the World
31 Immigrant Cuisines and Ethnic Restaurants
32 War, Nutritionism, and the
Great Depression
33 World War II and the Advent of Fast Food
34 CountercultureFrom Hippies to Foodies
35 Science of New Dishes
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36 The Past as Prologue?

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1 Hunting, Gathering, and


Stone Age Cooking
2 What Early Agriculturalists Ate
3 Egypt and the Gift of the Nile
4 Ancient JudeaFrom Eden to Kosher Laws
5 Classical GreeceWine,
Olive Oil, and Trade
6 The Alexandrian Exchange
and the Four Humors
7 Ancient IndiaSacred Cows and Ayurveda
8 Yin and Yang of Classical Chinese Cuisine
9 Dining in Republican and Imperial Rome

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Master the Art of Reading a Wine List


The Everyday Guide to Wine
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan | Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits

Greatly increased my knowledge and enjoyment of wine.

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very time you open a bottle of


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bodied, dry, or crisp? When is a
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of wine; and engaging more fully in
the wine-drinking experience. With
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wine.
Throughout the course, Ms.
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to practical tips and techniques for
applying your knowledge of wine to
your own everyday experiences with
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select wines for yourself or as gifts.
Plus, learn the five Ss of fully tasting wine: seeing, swirling, sniffing,
Wine is more than just a pleasurable drinkit is a vital part of human culture
sipping, and savoring.
and history.

Lecture Titles
1 Why Learn about Wine?
2 A Tasters Tool Kit
3 WinemakingFrom Vineyard to Harvest
4 WinemakingFrom Harvest to Bottle
5 The WhitesRiesling to Chardonnay
6 The RedsPinot Noir to Cabernet

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Food & Wine

The Everyday
Guide to Wine
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Master of Wine

7 Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines


8 Port, Sherry, and Other Fortified Wines
9 What to Drink with Dessert
10 French RegionsBordeaux and Loire
11 French RegionsBurgundy and Alsace
12 French RegionsRhne,
Languedoc, Provence

13 Wines of Northern Italy


14 Wines of Southern Italy
15 The Tastes of Germany and Austria
16 The Tastes of Spain and Portugal
17 U.S. RegionsCalifornia
18 U.S. RegionsWashington and Oregon

19 Other U.S. Regions, Mexico, and Canada


20 Sampling Argentina and Chile
21 The Best of Australia and Tasmania
22 Wines of New Zealand and South Africa
23 Becoming a Knowledgeable Wine Buyer
24 Wine for Any Occasion and Any Food

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Delicious Fruits and Vegetables, No Matter Where You Live
How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone
Melinda Myers | Horticulturist and Certified Arborist

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1 Jump-Start Your Edible Garden
2 Planning for Gardening Success
3 Building Your Garden Foundation

4 Starting Plants from Seeds


5 Planting Vegetables and Herbs
6 Low-Maintenance Garden Tips

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7 Small Fruit Cultivation and Care


8 Growing Fruit Trees
9 Eco-Friendly Pest Management

10 Food Harvesting Tips and Tricks


11 Composting and Vermicomposting
12 Extending the Growing Season

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3 Unusual Pots, Vertical Spaces, Shade Design


4 Grasses to TreesBigPlants in Containers

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LITERATURE & LANGUAGE

Classics of American Literature


Professor Arnold Weinstein | Brown University

Classic stories and poems of American literature


are found in the pages of Franklin, Emerson,
Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Twain,
Whitman, Faulkner, and many others. When
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recently as youd like. Why? Not because you
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reason have prevented this pleasure. Now, here is the opportunity to gain
an extraordinary familiarity with each of these authors within a manageable
amount of time, as well as review the great works you may already know.
Lecture Titles
1 Introduction to Classics of
American Literature
2 Benjamin Franklins Autobiography
The First American Story
3 Washington IrvingThe First
American Storyteller
4 Ralph Waldo Emerson Yesterday
Americas Coming of Age
5 Emerson TodayArchitect
of American Values
6 Emerson TomorrowDeconstructing
Culture and Self
7 Henry David Thoreau
Countercultural Hero
8 ThoreauStylist and Humorist
Extraordinaire

WaldenYesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


Edgar Allan Poe
PoeGhost Writer
Poes LegacyThe Self as
Haunted Palace
13 Nathaniel Hawthorne and
the American Past
14 The Scarlet LetterPuritan Romance
15 Hawthornes AInterpretation
and Semiosis
16 The Scarlet LetterPolitical Tract
or Psychological Study?
17 Hawthorne Our Contemporary
18 Herman Melville and the
Making of Moby-Dick
19 The Biggest Fish Story of Them All

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10
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20 Ahab and the White Whale


21 Moby-DickTragedy of Perspective
22 Melvilles Benito Cereno
American (Mis)adventure at Sea
23 Benito CerenoTheater of
Power or Power of Theater?
24 Walt WhitmanThe American
Bard Appears
25 WhitmanPoet of the Body
26 WhitmanPoet of the City
27 WhitmanPoet of Death
28 The Whitman Legacy
29 Uncle Toms Cabin The Unread Classic
30 Stowes Representation of Slavery
31 Freedom and Art in Uncle Toms Cabin
32 Emily DickinsonIn and Out of Nature

The History of the English


Language, 2nd Edition
Dean of Arts and Humanities Seth Lerer
University of California, San Diego

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Sixteen centuries ago, a wave of settlers from


northern Europe came to the British Isles.They
spoke a mix of Germanic dialects thick with consonants and complex grammatical forms. Today
we call that dialect Old English, the ancestor of the language nearly one in
five people in the world speaks every day.
How did this ancient tongue evolve into the elegant idiom of Chaucer,
Shakespeare, Melville, and other great writers? What features of Modern
English link it to its Old English roots? Why did the pronunciation undergo
such drastic changes? And how does English continue to develop?
To study the history of this wonderful language is to experience the literature, politics, culture, ways of thought, and world outlook of a great civilization through its most precious legacy: its words.

The Art of Reading


Professor of English Literature Timothy Spurgin
Lawrence University

Learn how to make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with these
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ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Timothy Spurgin (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is the Bonnie Glidden


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33 Dickinsons PoetryLanguage
and Consciousness
34 DickinsonDevotee of Death
35 DickinsonAmhersts Madame de Sade
36 Dickinsons Legacy
37 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
American Paradise Regained
38 Huckleberry FinnThe Banned Classic
39 Huckleberry FinnA Childs
Voice, a Childs Vision
40 Huckleberry Finn, American Orphan
41 Mark Twains Puddnhead Wilson
Black and White Charade
42 Henry James and the Novel of Perception
43 The Turn of the ScrewDo
You Believe in Ghosts?
44 Turning the Screw of Interpretation
45 Stephen Crane and the Literature of War
46 The Red Badge of Courage
Brave New World
47 Stephen CraneScientist
of Human Behavior
48 Charlotte Perkins Gilman
War Against Patriarchy
49 The Yellow WallpaperDescent
into Hell or Free at Last?
50 Robert Frost and the Spirit
of New England

51 Robert FrostAt Home in the Metaphor


52 Robert Frost and the Fruits of the Earth
53 T.S. EliotUnloved Modern Classic
54 T.S. EliotThe Waste Land and Beyond
55 F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great
GatsbyAmerican Romance
56 The Great GatsbyA Story
of Lost Illusions?
57 Fitzgeralds TriumphWriting
the American Dream
58 Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also
RisesNovel of the Lost Generation
59 The Sun Also RisesSpiritual Quest
60 Ernest HemingwayWordsmith
61 Hemingways The Garden of
EdenFemale Desire Unleashed
62 The Garden of EdenCombat Zone
63 William Faulkners The Sound
and the FuryThe Idiots Tale
64 The Sound and the Fury
Failed Rites of Passage
65 The Sound and the Fury
Signifying Nothing?
66 Absalom, Absalom!Civil War Epic
67 Absalom, Absalom!The
Language of Love
68 Absalom, Absalom!The
Overpass to Love

69 The Grapes of WrathAmerican Saga


70 John SteinbeckPoet of the Little Man
71 The Grapes of Wrath
Reconceiving Self and Family
72 Invisible ManBlack Bildungsroman
73 Invisible ManReconceiving
History and Race
74 Invisible ManWhat Did I Do,
to Be So Black and Blue?
75 Eugene ONeillGreat God
of American Theater
76 Long Days Journey Into Night
Theres No Place Like Home
77 Tennessee WilliamsManaging Libido
78 A Streetcar Named Desire
The Death of Romance
79 Death of a SalesmanDeath of an Ethos?
80 Death of a SalesmanTragedy
of the American Dream
81 Toni Morrisons Beloved
Dismembering and Remembering
82 BelovedA Story of Thick Love
83 BelovedMorrisons Writing of the Body
84 Conclusion to Classics of
American Literature

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1 Introduction to the Study of Language
2 The Historical Study of Language
3 Indo-European and the
Prehistory of English
4 Reconstructing Meaning and Sound
5 Historical Linguistics and
Studying Culture
6 The Beginnings of English
7 The Old English Worldview
8 Did the Normans Really
Conquer English?
9 What Did the Normans Do to English?
10 Chaucers English
11 Dialect Representations
in Middle English
12 Medieval Attitudes toward Language

13 The Return of English as a Standard


14 The Great Vowel Shift
and Modern English
15 The Expanding English Vocabulary
16 Early Modern English
Syntax and Grammar
17 Renaissance Attitudes
toward Teaching English
18 ShakespeareDrama,
Grammar, Pronunciation
19 ShakespearePoetry, Sound, Sense
20 The Bible in English
21 Samuel Johnson and His Dictionary
22 New Standards in English
23 Dictionaries and Word Histories
24 Values, Words, and Modernity

25 The Beginnings of American English


26 American Language from
Webster to Mencken
27 American Rhetoric from
Jefferson to Lincoln
28 The Language of the American Self
29 American Regionalism
30 American Dialects in Literature
31 The Impact of AfricanAmerican English
32 An Anglophone World
33 The Language of Science
34 The Science of Language
35 Linguistics and Politics
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36 Conclusions and Provocations

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2 Authors, Real and Implied
3 NarratorsTheir Voices
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4 CharactersBeyond
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5 DescriptionsPeople,
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6 Minimalists to Maximalists
to Lyricists
7 Explosive DevicesIrony
and Ambiguity

8 Reading for the Plot


Five Simple Words
9 Master PlotsThe Stranger
and the Journey
10 The Game Is Afoot
Sherlock Holmes
11 The Plot Thickens
Scott and Bront
12 The Plot Vanishes
Faulkner and Woolf
13 Chapters, Patterns, and Rhythms
14 Scene and Summary,
Showing and Telling
15 Subtexts, Motives, and Secrets

16 DialogueThe Good,
the Bad, the Ugly
17 MetafictionFiction about Fiction
18 AdaptationFrom Fiction to Film
19 Realism Times Four
20 Thumbs Up?Interpretation
and Evaluation
21 A Long Short StoryRunaway
22 A Classic NovelThe
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23 A Baggy Monster
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7 Chrtien de Troyes and Sir Lancelot


8 Arthurian Tales in Brittany and Burgundy
9 The Lancelot-Grail Cycle
10 The Early German Arthurian Tradition
11 King Arthurs Other German Adaptations
12 The Arthurian Sagas of Scandinavia
13 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

14 The Alliterative Morte Arthure


15 Sir Thomas Malorys Le Morte Darthur
16 Enriching the LegendTristan and Isolde
17 The Holy Grail from Chrtien to Dan Brown
18 Arthuriana in Medieval Art
19 Spenser, Milton, and the Renaissance Arthur
20 Idylls of the KingThe Victorian Arthur

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21 Wagner and TwainKing


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23 Camelot Comes to Hollywood
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Words for Lying, Swindling, and Conniving
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13 High-Frequency Greek and Latin Roots
14 Words Relating to Belief and Trust
15 Words for the Way We Talk
16 Words for Praise, Criticism, and Nonsense
17 Eponyms from Literature and History
18 Thinking, Teaching, and Learning Words

19 Words for the Diligent and the Lazy


20 Words That Break and Words That Join
21 Some High-Utility Greek and Latin Affixes
22 Cranky Words and Cool Words
23 Words for Courage and Cowardice
24 Reviewing Vocabulary through Literature
25 Words for Killing and Cutting
26 A Vocabulary Grab Bag
27 Words for Words

28 Specialty Words for Language


29 Nasty Words and Nice Words
30 Words for the Really Big and the Very Small
31 Spelling as a Vocabulary Tool
32 A Medley of New Words
33 Building Vocabulary through Games
34 Words English Borrowed and Never Returned
35 More Foreign Loan Words
36 Forgotten Words and Neologisms

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5
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Individual Diversity and Collective Performance


Why Now? The Rise of Diversity
Diversity Squared
The Wisdom of Crowds
The Diversity Prediction Theorem Times Three
The Weighting Is the Hardest Part

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8 Fermis BarbersEstimating and Predicting
9 Problem Solving
10 Diverse Perspectives
11 Heuristics and the Adjacent Possible
12 Diversity Trumps Ability

13 Digging Holes and Splicing Genes


14 Ability and Diversity
15 Combining and Recombining Heuristics
16 Beware of False ProphetsNo Free Lunch
17 Crowdsourcing and the Limits of Diversity
18 Experimentation, Variation, and Six Sigma

19 Diversity and Robustness


20 Inescapable Benefits of Diversity
21 The Historical Value of Diversity
22 Homophily, Incentives, and Groupthink
23 The Problem of Diverse Preferences
24 The Team. The Team. The Team.

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Strategy
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2 How Apple Raises Competitive Barriers
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5 First Movers versus Fast Followers
6 When Netflix Met Blockbuster
7 Anticipating Your Rivals Response
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24 Reducing Risk, Building Resilience
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36 How to Value a Companys Stock
Organizational Behavior
37 Achieving Results in Your Organization
38 The Value of Great Leadership
39 Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
40 The Art of Effective Communications
41 The Motivation-Performance Connection
42 Winning with Teamwork
43 CoachingFrom Gridiron to Boardroom
44 Understanding Power Relationships
45 Handling Workplace Conflict

46 Ethics and the Bathsheba Syndrome


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48 Lifelong Learning for Career Success
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49 What Is Marketing?
50 How to Segment a Market
51 Targeting a Market Segment
52 Positioning Your Offering
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54 Deriving Value from Your Customers
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57 Customer-Focused Pricing
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CLAS SIC COURSES

Shakespeares Tragedies

The Life and Work of Mark Twain

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Reason and Faith:


Philosophy in the Middle Ages

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Questions of Value

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Thomas Williams | University of South Florida

For 1,000 years, Westerners thought reason and


faith went hand-in-hand as they searched for
answers to the profound questions of life. The best
minds of the age engaged in a common struggle
with transcendent issues, employing reason in the
service of faith. Professor Thomas Williams, award-winning educator
and expert in medieval philosophy, takes you through the key texts of
the period and introduces you to such great Christian philosophers as
Augustine and Ockham.

Professor of Philosophy Patrick Grim


State University of New York at Stony Brook

Our lives are filled with everyday questions.


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Professor Grim, are questions of value. They apply
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St. Augustines Confessions

Introduction to the Study of Religion

Professors William R. Cook and Ronald B. Herzman


State University of New York at Geneseo

Professor Charles B. Jones


The Catholic University of America

What is time? How can we understand God, or


the nature of evil? What is true friendship?
To understand such questions, you can read one
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Whether one acts as an individual, a local community member, or part of a broader fellowship
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the outside? How do scholars study the ways the religious experience is
felt, shared, and communicated? How do they explain how this extraordinarily powerful force can define and shape the communities it creates? In
Introduction to the Study of Religion, Professor Charles B. Jones offers a
vibrant look at the discipline known as religious studies.
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CLASSIC COURSES

Ancient Greek Civilization

Ancient Empires before Alexander

Professor of Classical Studies Jeremy McInerney


University of Pennsylvania

Professor of History Robert L. Dise Jr.


University of Northern Iowa

Why do the ancient Greeks occupy such a prominent place in conceptions of Western culture and
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Mysteries of the Microscopic World

Natural Law and Human Nature

Professor Bruce E. Fleury | Tulane University

Professor of Philosophy Father Joseph Koterski, S.J.


Fordham University

An invisible world of astonishing complexity is all


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Philosophy of Science

The Physics of History

Professor Jeffrey L. Kasser | Colorado State University

Professor of Astronomy David J. Helfand


Columbia University

Why is science so successful? Is there such a thing


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The Long 19th Century: European


History from 1789 to 1917

America and the World:


A Diplomatic History

Professor of History Robert I. Weiner


Lafayette College

Professor Emeritus of History Mark A. Stoler


The University of Vermont

In barely more than two centuries, the United


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colonies into the most powerful nation the world
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The Life and Operas of Verdi

The Lives of Great Christians

Professor Robert Greenberg


San Francisco Performances

Professor of History William R. Cook


State University of New York at Geneseo

Giuseppe Verdi is still the most popular composer


in the 400-year history of opera. What were the
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that illustrate in vivid detail Verdis artistry.

The followers of Jesus, who came to be called


Christians, have practiced and preached their beliefs
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of the intimate interconnections of war with human cultures and societies
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Professor of English Language and Literature


Eric S. Rabkin | University of Michigan

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Professor of History Jonathan P. Roth


San Jos State University

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Few periods of history are so captivatingly complex as Europes 19th century, the often-broadly
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World War I that formed the foundation of the
modern world. These lectures enable you to take
an enormous stride toward understanding this turbulent and important era and its effect on peasants, workers, the middle class, aristocrats,
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RELIGION & THEOLOGY

new release

Journey to the Heart of a Profoundly


Influential Legacy of Religious Thought
Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas
Chair in the History of Christianity and Professor of History David Brakke
The Ohio State University

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he three centuries following


the death of Jesus were a
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this time, Christianity began its
massive ascent, distancing itself from
paganism and Judaism.
In this age of burgeoning faith,
few if any influences on the theological landscape were as significant or
far-reaching as the religious movements known to us as Gnosticism.
Gnosticism, one of the most fascinating and perplexing phenomena in
Western religious history, intersected
with early Christian thought, sparking religious ideologies that competed with the theological thinking that
came to define Christianity. And,
though Gnosticism was branded as
heretical by the orthodox church, the
church formed many of its doctrines
in response to Gnostic ideas.
In Gnosticism: From Nag

Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas,


Professor David Brakke of The Ohio
State University is your guide in a
richly detailed immersion in the theology, sacred writings, rituals, and
outstanding human figures of the
Gnostic movements. At the heart
of the story is the 1945 discovery of
the Nag Hammadi codices, a mysterious cache of ancient documents
unearthed in the Egyptian desert,
that gave us firsthand accounts of the
Gnostics beliefs, practices, and ways
of life. Studying these invaluable
texts, along with more recent discoveries, such as the astonishing Gospel
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Gnostic spirituality and its singular
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Professor David Brakke is the Chair
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Lecture Titles
19 Gnosticism and Judaism

1 Rediscovering Gnsis

7 Gnosticisms Ritual Pathway to God

13 Becoming Male through Valentinian Ritual

2 Who Were the Gnostics?

8 The Feminine in Gnostic Myth

14 Valentinian Views on Christian Theology

20 Gnsis without Christ

3 God in Gnostic Myth

9 The Gospel of Thomass Cryptic Sayings

15 Mary Magdalene as an Apostle of Gnsis

21 The Mythology of Manichaeism

4 Gnosticism on Creation, Sin, and Salvation

10 The Gospel of Thomas on Reunifying the Self

16 Competing Revelations from Christ

22 Augustine on Manichaeism and Original Sin

5 Judas as a Gnostic Tragic Hero

11 Valentinus, Great Preacher of Gnsis

17 The Invention of Heresy

23 Gnostic Traces in Western Religions

6 Gnostic Bible Stories

12 God and Creation in Valentinian Myth

18 Making Gnsis Orthodox

24 Gnosticism in the Modern Imagination

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The Story behind the Greatest Story Ever Told


The Story of the Bible
Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson | Emory University

In The Story of the Bible, renowned scholar Luke Timothy


Johnson illuminates for you how this great book came into
being. Tracing the development of biblical texts across
millennia, Professor Johnson reaches from ancient history
through antiquity and the Middle Ages up to the present.
Youll learn about the many forms the Bible has taken and

the ways history, scholarship, and technology have helped


shape this great tradition. Throughout this enthralling story,
youll develop a deep appreciation for the tremendous power
of this astonishing bookone that has endured through
centuries and touched the lives of countless millions.

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Telling the Story of a Book


Making TaNaK
Forms of Jewish Scripture
Birth of the Christian Bible
Formation of Jewish and Christian Canons
Writing and Copying Manuscripts

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7 Imperial Sponsorship and the Bible


8 Texts and TranslationsThe Ancient East
9 Old Latin and the Vulgate
10 Other Ancient Versions
11 Monasteries and Manuscripts
12 Interpretation within Judaism

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Interpretation in Medieval Christianity


The Renaissance, Printing, and the Bible
The Protestant Reformation and the Bible
Translating the Bible into Modern Languages
The First Efforts at Englishing the Bible
The King James Version

19 The Romance of Manuscripts


20 Searching for the Critical Text
21 The Historical-Critical Approach
22 The Bible in Contemporary Judaism
23 Contemporary Christians and Their Bibles
24 The Bibles Story Continues

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Discover the Wisdom within the Bible


Biblical Wisdom Literature
Professor of Philosophy Father Joseph Koterski, S.J. | Fordham University

In the history of wisdom literature, no tradition matches the


solace and profundity found in the teachings of the Bible.
The sages of the biblical wisdom tradition offer time-honored advice about some of lifes most difficult questions:
What is the reward of virtue? How can we best deal with
the uncertainty of life? For countless people, these ancient

writings have offered consolation and insight into the very


meaning of existence.
In Biblical Wisdom Literature, Father Joseph Koterski
takes you deep inside this tradition. The result is an enriching and rewarding journey.

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Introduction to Biblical Wisdom Literature


The Place of Proverbs in the Bible
Collections of Proverbs
The Poems of the Book of Proverbs
The Relation of Proverbs to Covenant
InterludeSome Wisdom Psalms
Job and the Suffering of the Innocent
JobThe First Cycle of Conversations
JobDeepening the Conversation

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10 JobSecond and Third Conversation Cycles


11 JobThe Wisdom Poem and the Conclusion
12 JobElihus Defense of Gods Honor
13 JobReflections on the Book as a Whole
14 InterludePrayer in Times of Suffering
15 QohelethThe Inadequacy of Human Wisdom
16 QohelethSkepticism about Easy Answers
17 QohelethKeeping Faith during Confusion
18 InterludeWisdom Psalms for Uncertainty

19 SirachA Traditional Approach to Wisdom


20 Sirach on the Cultivation of Virtue
21 Sirachs Wisdom Poetry
22 Sirach on Divine Providence within History
23 The Song of SongsLove as the Answer
24 The Song of SongsLevels of Meaning
25 InterludeWisdom Psalms on Perseverance
26 DanielWisdom through Dream Visions
27 DanielGods Providential Plan for History

28 The Wisdom of Solomon on Divine Justice


29 The Wisdom of Solomon on Death
30 The Wisdom of Solomon on Prayer
31 The Wisdom of Solomon on Divine Providence
32 InterludeA Wisdom Psalm on Torah
33 Jesus as Wisdom Teacher
34 Jesus and the Wisdom Stories in the Gospels
35 Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount
36 Overview of Biblical Wisdom Literature

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Meet Religions Greatest Spiritual Teachers and


Learn about Their Remarkable Moral Teachings
Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad
Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program Mark W. Muesse | Rhodes College

Discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with
Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Awardwinning Professor Mark W. Muesse takes you deep inside
the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures. He

reveals their core teachings and sheds new light on the history that underlies their phenomenal, enduring impact on
how we see and think about the world. These 36 lectures
are a rare chance to examine the still-living wisdom of four
great, visionary sages.

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A Quartet of Sages
Confuciuss China
Becoming a Sage
A Gentleman and a Scholar
Heaven and Earth
Doing unto Others
How to Rule a Kingdom
What a Sage Does
Confucius and Confucianism

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10 India at the Time of the Buddha


11 Siddhattha Gotama
12 The First and Second Great Awakenings
13 Knowing the World
14 Cant Get No Satisfaction
15 Getting to the Farther Shore
16 How the Buddha Taught
17 The Buddha and Buddhism
18 The Jewish and Roman Worlds of Jesus

19 The Son of Mary


20 The First 30 Years
21 The Kingdom of God
22 Back to the Future
23 Jesuss Christology
24 The Last Days in Jerusalem
25 How Jesus Became Christ
26 Arabia in the Days of Ignorance
27 The Trustworthy One

28 I Am Only a Messenger
29 Madinah
30 There Is No God but al-Lah
31 The Ethics of Islam
32 The Greater Jihad
33 The Conquest of Makkah
34 Their Lives Compared
35 Their Teachings Compared
36 Their Enduring Significance

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Why Is the Apostle Paul So Misunderstood?


The Apostle Paul
Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson | Emory University

Historian and Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, the


best-selling author of The Real Jesus, offers a fresh and
historically grounded assessment of the life and letters of
Christianitys apostle to the Gentiles. Coming to grips
with Christianity means coming to grips with Paul. One
of the most fascinating, important, and controversial figures
in the religious history of the West, Paul continues to find
champions and detractors, sometimes in surprising places,
says Professor Johnson. There is no figure aside from Jesus

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1 An Apostle Admired and Despised
2 How Should We Read Paul?
3 Pauls Life and Letters

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7 Life in ChristSecond Corinthians


8 Life and LawGalatians
9 Life and RighteousnessRomans

10 FellowshipLetters from Captivity


11 History and Theology
12 Pauls Influence

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4 Problems of Early Christianity


5 First and Second Thessalonians
6 Life in the WorldFirst Corinthians

himself who is more important to the history of this world


religion and no figure from the age of the early church about
whom we know more. You consider Paul's letters to the
Thessalonians, Corinthians, and Galatians. You explore his
religious commitments as a member of the Pharisaic movement, his persecution of the Christian sect, the dramatic
experience that changed him into an apostle, and his work as
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MUSIC

Experience the Unrivaled Power of Great Classical Concerts


Concert Masterworks
Professor Robert Greenberg | San Francisco Performances

This course examines eight great concert masterworks by


Mozart, Beethoven, Dvork, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn,
and Liszt. You explore the life, times, personality, and stylistic assumptions of the composers and analyze each compositions form, themes, thematic relationships, and expressive

content. You will also discuss the impact on musical development of the Enlightenment aesthetic ideal, nationalism,
Beethovens heroic style, the Romantic Era, and more.
Many musical excerpts are included.

Lecture Titles
1 MozartPiano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, I
2 MozartPiano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, II
3 MozartPiano Concerto
No. 25 in C Major, III
4 MozartPiano Concerto
No. 25 in C Major, IV
5 BeethovenPiano Concerto
No. 5 in E-flat Major, I
6 BeethovenPiano Concerto
No. 5 in E-flat Major, II

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7 BeethovenPiano Concerto
No. 5 in E-flat Major, III
8 BeethovenPiano Concerto
No. 5 in E-flat Major, IV
9 DvorkSymphony No. 9 in E Minor, I
10 DvorkSymphony No. 9 in E Minor, II
11 DvorkSymphony No. 9 in E Minor, III
12 DvorkSymphony No. 9 in E Minor, IV
13 StraussDeath and Transfiguration, I
14 StraussDeath and Transfiguration, II
15 StraussDeath and Transfiguration, III

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26 MendelssohnIncidental Music and


Overture to A Midsummer Nights Dream, II
27 MendelssohnIncidental Music and
Overture to A Midsummer Nights Dream, III
28 MendelssohnIncidental Music and
Overture to A Midsummer Nights Dream, IV
29 LisztTotentanz, I
30 LisztTotentanz, II
31 LisztTotentanz, III
32 LisztTotentanz, IV

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16 StraussDeath and Transfiguration, IV


17 BeethovenViolin Concerto in D Major, I
18 BeethovenViolin Concerto in D Major, II
19 BeethovenViolin Concerto in D Major, III
20 BeethovenViolin Concerto in D Major, IV
21 BrahmsViolin Concerto in D Major, I
22 BrahmsViolin Concerto in D Major, II
23 BrahmsViolin Concerto in D Major, III
24 BrahmsViolin Concerto in D Major, IV
25 MendelssohnIncidental Music and
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Professor Robert Greenberg | San Francisco Performances

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1 Beethoven and the Piano
2 Homage to Mozart
3 The Grand Sonata, Part 1
4 The Grand Sonata, Part 2
5 Meaning and Metaphor
6 The Striking and Subversive,
Op. 10 Continued

7 The Pathtique and the Sublime


8 The Opus 14 Sonatas
9 Motives, Bach and a Farewell
to the 18th Century
10 A Genre Redefined
11 Sonata quasi una fantasiaThe Moonlight
12 Lesser Siblings and a Pastoral Interlude

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13 The Tempest
14 A Quartet of Sonatas
15 The Waldstein and the Heroic Style
16 The Appassionata and the Heroic Style
17 They Deserve Better, Part 1
18 They Deserve Better, Part 2

19 The Farewell Sonata


20 Experiments in a Dark Time
21 The Hammerklavier, Part 1
22 The Hammerklavier, Part 2
23 In a World of His Own
24 Reconciliation

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the length of his compositional career, Beethovens 32


piano sonatas provide a window into his personal musical
development, and they show the concept of the piano as an
instrument and the piano sonata as a genre undergoing an
extraordinary evolution. Professor Greenberg combines his
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Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory,
and the piano sonata became a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual
use of form, and music as a self-expressive art. Spanning

MATHEMATICS

Master the Sure Road to Success in Calculus


Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry
Professor of Mathematics Bruce H. Edwards | University of Florida

Finally make sense of the mysteries of precalculus and trigonometry in the company of master educator and award-winning Professor Bruce Edwards. In the 36 intensively illustrated lectures of Mathematics Describing the Real World:
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school or college. Youll gain new insights into functions,
complex numbers, matrices, and much more. The course
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

An Introduction to PrecalculusFunctions
Polynomial Functions and Zeros
Complex Numbers
Rational Functions
Inverse Functions
Solving Inequalities
Exponential Functions
Logarithmic Functions
Properties of Logarithms

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10 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations


11 Exponential and Logarithmic Models
12 Introduction to Trigonometry and Angles
13 Trigonometric FunctionsRight Triangle Definition
14 Trigonometric Functions
Arbitrary Angle Definition
15 Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions
16 Graphs of Other Trigonometric Functions
17 Inverse Trigonometric Functions
18 Trigonometric Identities

19 Trigonometric Equations
20 Sum and Difference Formulas
21 Law of Sines
22 Law of Cosines
23 Introduction to Vectors
24 Trigonometric Form of a Complex Number
25 Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices
26 Operations with Matrices
27 Inverses and Determinants of Matrices

28 Applications of Linear Systems and Matrices


29 Circles and Parabolas
30 Ellipses and Hyperbolas
31 Parametric Equations
32 Polar Coordinates
33 Sequences and Series
34 Counting Principles
35 Elementary Probability
36 GPS Devices and Looking Forward to Calculus

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Math Problems
The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving
Professor of Mathematics Paul Zeitz | University of San Francisco

In The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving,


award-winning Professor Paul Zeitz conducts you through
scores of problems at all levels of difficulty. More than a bag
of math tricks, these 24 lectures reveal strategies, tactics, and
tools for overcoming mathematical obstacles in fields such as

algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory. This


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2
3
4
5
6
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Problems versus Exercises


Strategies and Tactics
The Problem Solvers Mind-Set
Searching for Patterns
Closing the DealProofs and Tools
Pictures, Recasting, and Points of View
The Great SimplifierParity

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8 The Great UnifierSymmetry


9 Symmetry Wins Games!
10 Contemplate Extreme Values
11 The Culture of Problem Solving
12 Recasting Integers Geometrically
13 Recasting Integers with Counting and Series
14 Things in Categories The Pigeonhole Tactic

15 The Greatest Unifier of AllInvariants


16 Squarer Is BetterOptimizing 3s and 2s
17 Using Physical Intuition and Imagination
18 Geometry and the Transformation Tactic
19 Building from Simple to Complex with Induction
20 Induction on a Grand Scale
21 Recasting Numbers as PolynomialsWeird Dice

22 A Relentless Tactic Solves a Very Hard Problem


23 Genius and Conways Infinite
Checkers Problem
24 How versus WhyThe Final Frontier

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PHILOSOPHY & INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

Meet the Vanguard Thinkers of the Middle Ages


Great Minds of the Medieval World

This is a great way to learn about subjects that interest me.

Professor of English and Medieval Literature Dorsey Armstrong | Purdue University

Sylvia Adamsko, Albuquerque, NM

Go beyond the typical philosophy course and explore


the most fascinating minds of the Middle Ages,
including great philosophers, prolific writers, and
cultural movers.

he medieval era was a time


of extraordinary advances in
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theology to science, literature, and
economicsas well as of revolutionary developments in education
and the birth of the university. The
unique legacy of the Middle Ages
appears most clearly in the lives of
its intellectual giants. Between the
4th and 15th centuries, the European
and Mediterranean worlds produced
an astonishing spectrum of visionary
thinkers who shaped the culture of
their times and profoundly influenced subsequent eras.
Medieval innovation also developed through a great cross-fertilization of thinking, involving the work
of remarkable minds such as Anicius
Boethius, the Roman politician and
philosopher whose work established
a template of academic education
that endures in the modern world;
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methodology; and Maimonides, the
Jewish philosopher and jurist whose
writings remain a core element of
Jewish law and culture.
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were also heard in these times,
among them Hlose, the illustrious
French scholar and religious luminary, and Christine de Pisan, who,
became Europes first famous professional female writer.
In the 24 lectures of Great Minds
of the Medieval World, Professor
Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue
University guides you on a journey
into the lives of the thinkers of the
Middle Ages. This course discusses
the eras most outstanding innovators and visionaries whose great
contributions included facilitating
the achievements of others. In this
remarkable gallery of great minds,
youll encounter the leading lights of
a world-shaping era, exploring their
unique contributions to knowledge
Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) was the first pan-European poet laureate since the
and the growth of our civilization.
collapse of the Roman Empire. His acclaimed poetry, philosophy, and innovative
thought foreshadowed the early modern world.

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7 Avicenna and the Golden Age of Islam


8 Alhacen and the Scientific Method
9 Averroes and Aristotelian Philosophy
10 Maimonides and Jewish Law
11 Rashi and Biblical Interpretation
12 Saladin and the Defeat
of the Crusaders
13 Hildegard of Bingen

14 Bernard of Clairvaux
15 Abelard and Hlose
16 Peter Lombard and the Sentences
17 Thomas Aquinas
18 William of Ockham and
John Duns Scotus
19 Geoffrey Chaucer and Dante Alighieri
20 Francesco Petrarch

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21 Lorenzo de Medici
22 Christine de Pisan
23 Sir Thomas Malory and
Le Morte Darthur
24 William Caxton and the
Birth of Printing

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1 Augustine of Hippo
2 Ambrose, Jerome, and
Gregory the Great
3 Boethius and the Consolation
of Philosophy
4 Isidore of Seville and the Etymologies
5 The Venerable Bede
6 Alcuin, Charlemagne, and
Alfred the Great

PHILOSOPHY & INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from


the Worlds Great Intellectual Traditions

Books That Have Made History:


Books That Can Change Your Life

Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the


Humanities Jay L. Garfield | Smith College

Professor of Classics J. Rufus Fears


University of Oklahoma

What is the meaning of life? The Meaning


of Life: Perspectives from the Worlds Great
Intellectual Traditions is an invigorating way to
begin or continue your pursuit of this and other
questions. These 36 lectures offer you a rigorous and wide-ranging exploration of what spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions from both the
East and the West have contributed to this profound line of questioning.
Lecture Titles
1 The Meaning of the Meaning of Life
2 The Bhagavad-GtChoice
and Daily Life
3 The Bhagavad-GtDiscipline and Duty
4 The Bhagavad-GtUnion and Purpose
5 Aristotle on LifeThe Big Picture
6 AristotleThe Highest Good
7 AristotleThe Happy Life
8 Jobs PredicamentLife Is So Unfair
9 Jobs ChallengeWho Are We?
10 StoicismRationality and Acceptance
11 Human Finitude
The Epicurean Synthesis
12 ConfuciusOrder in the
Cosmos and in Life
13 DaodejingThe Dao of
Life and Spontaneity

14 DaodejingThe Best Life Is a Simple Life


15 DaodejingSubtlety and Paradox
16 Zhuangzi on Daoism
Impermanence and Harmony
17 The Teachings of the Buddha
18 ntidevaMahyna Buddhism
19 ntidevaTransforming the Mind
20 ZenThe Moon in a Dewdrop
and Impermanence
21 ZenBeing-Time and
Primordial Awakening
22 Taking Stock of the Classical World
23 Humes Skepticism and the Place of God
24 Humes Careless and
Compassionate Vision
25 KantImmaturity and the
Challenge to Know

26 Mills Call to Individuality and to Liberty


27 TolstoyIs Everyday Life the Real Thing?
28 NietzscheTwilight of the Idols
29 NietzscheAchieving Authenticity
30 GandhiSatygraha and
Holding Fast to Truth
31 GandhiThe Call to a Supernormal Life
32 Lame DeerLife Enfolded in Symbols
33 Lame DeerOur Place in
a Symbolic World
34 HH Dalai Lama XIV
A Modern Buddhist View
35 HH Dalai Lama XIVDiscernment
and Happiness
36 So, What Is the Meaning of Life?

What makes a written work eternalits message


still so fundamental to the way we live that it
continues to speak to us, hundreds or thousands
of years distant from the lifetime of its author?
Professor J. Rufus Fears presents his choices of some of the most essential
writings in historyworks that shaped the minds of great individuals and
offer an extraordinary gift of wisdom. This course focuses on intellectual
history and ethics and what the ideas in each great work can mean in your
life today.
Lecture Titles
1 Bonhoeffer, Letters and
Papers from Prison
2 Homer, Iliad
3 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
4 Bhagavad Gita
5 Book of Exodus
6 Gospel of Mark
7 Koran
8 Gilgamesh
9 Beowulf
10 Book of Job
11 Aeschylus, Oresteia
12 Euripides, Bacchae
13 Plato, Phaedo
14 Dante, The Divine Comedy

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Join historian and classical scholar J. Rufus


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most powerful idea from ancient Greece to our
own day. What did freedom mean to Abraham
Lincolnand to Robert E. Lee? What did
it mean to Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther
King? What does it mean to us today? Find out in this deeply moving,
thought-provoking course.
Lecture Titles
13 Jesus and Socrates
14 Paul the Apostle
15 Freedom in the Middle Ages
16 Luther and the Protestant
Reformation
17 From Machiavelli to the
Divine Right of Kings
18 The Anglo-American
Tradition of Liberty
19 The Shot Heard Round the World
20 The Tyranny of George III
21 What the Declaration of
Independence Says
22 Natural Law and the Declaration
23 Miracle at Philadelphia

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24 What the Constitution Says


25 The Bill of Rights
26 Liberty and Lee at Gettysburg
27 Liberty and Lincoln at Gettysburg
28 FDR and the Progressive Tradition
29 Why the French Revolution Failed
30 The Liberal Tradition
31 Churchill and the War for Freedom
32 The Illiberal Tradition
33 Hitler and the War Against Freedom
34 The Cold War
35 Civil Disobedience and
Social Change
36 Freedom and the
Lessons of History

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of myth. Taking you from the battlefields of Alexander the Great to the
conquests of Napoleon Bonaparte to the drama of the America West, this
is the kind of engaging learning experience only Professor Fears can deliver.
Lecture Titles
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
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Heroes, History, and Myth


The Myth of Troy
Homer and Mythology
In Search of Historical Troy
Life Lessons from the Trojan War
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Theseus and the Minotaur
Myth and Athenian Drama
Fate and Free Will in Mythology
AtlantisFact or Fiction?
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh and History
The Book of Genesis
ExodusThe Foundation
of the Jewish People

15 The Historical Power


of Biblical Stories
16 AeneasRomes National Hero
17 RomulusThe Founder of Rome
18 Lays of Ancient Rome
19 Alexander the Great in History
20 Alexander the Great in Romance
21 BeowulfHistorical Roots
and Heroic Values
22 King ArthurFact or Fiction?
23 In Search of the Holy Grail
24 Vikings in America?
25 Vergil the Magician
26 The Battle of Kosovo
27 Julius Caesar in History

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Professor of Classics J. Rufus Fears


University of Oklahoma

Professor of Classics J. Rufus Fears


University of Oklahoma

1 The Birth of Freedom


2 Athenian Democracy
3 AthensFreedom and
Cultural Creativity
4 Athenian Tragedy
Education for Freedom
5 Socrates on Trial
6 Alexander the Great
7 The Roman Republic
8 Julius Caesar
9 Freedom in the Roman Empire
10 RomeFreedom and
Cultural Creativity
11 Gibbon on Romes Decline and Fall
12 Jesus

28 Johann Wolfgang von


Goethe, Faust, Part 1
29 Johann Wolfgang von
Goethe, Faust, Part 2
30 Henry David Thoreau, Walden
31 Gibbon, Decline and Fall of
the Roman Empire
32 Lord Acton, The History of Freedom
33 Cicero, On Moral Duties (De Officiis)
34 Gandhi, An Autobiography
35 Churchill, My Early Life; Painting
as a Pastime; WWII
36 Lessons from the Great Books

Life Lessons from the Great Myths

A History of Freedom

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15 Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice


16 Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
17 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The
Gulag Archipelago
18 Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
19 George Orwell, 1984
20 Vergil, Aeneid
21 Pericles, Oration; Lincoln,
Gettysburg Address
22 Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
23 Confucius, The Analects
24 Machiavelli, The Prince
25 Plato, Republic
26 John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
27 Sir Thomas Malory, Morte dArthur

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28 Napoleon and the Mantle of Caesar


29 Arminius and German Mythology
30 Teuton versus Roman
31 Davy Crockett and the
Myth of the Frontier
32 The Alamo
33 Jesse James and the
Myth of the Outlaw
34 General CusterHero or Villain?
35 Reagan, Hollywood, and
American Ideals
36 Mythology as a Path to Wisdom

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MODERN HISTORY

Witness the Dramatic Rise and Fall of One


of Modern Historys Greatest Empires
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
Professor of American History Patrick N. Allitt | Emory University

In the 36 lectures of The Rise and Fall of the British


Empire, Professor Patrick N. Allitt leads you through four
centuries of British power, innovation, and diminishment.
The 400 years covered in this course are those that literally
remade the world and bequeathed a global legacy that con-

tinues to shape life today. Offering fresh insights into a wide


range of political, economic, social, and technological areas,
this masterful series will give you a refreshing new understanding of what made the British Empire such a defining
force in modern Western history.

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25 Ireland Divided
26 Cricket and the British Empire
27 British India between the World Wars
28 World War IIEngland Alone
29 World War IIThe Pyrrhic Victory
30 Twilight of the Raj
31 Israel, Egypt, and the Suez Canal
32 The Decolonization of Africa

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4
5
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7
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The Sun Never Set


The Challenge to Spain in the New World
African Slavery and the West Indies
Imperial Beginnings in India
Clive and the Conquest of India
Wolfe and the Conquest of Canada
The Loss of the American Colonies
Exploring the Planet

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The Other Side of the World
Abolition of the Slave Trade and Slavery
Early African Colonies
China and the Opium Wars
BritainThe Imperial Center
IrelandThe Tragic Relationship
India and the Great Game

17 Rebellion and Mutiny in India


18 How Canada Became a Nation
19 The Exploration and Settlement of Africa
20 Gold, Greed, and Geopolitics in Africa
21 The Empire in Literature
22 Economics and Theories of Empire
23 The British Empire Fights Imperial Germany
24 Versailles and Disillusionment

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35 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
36 Epitaph and Legacy

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The Fall and Rise of China
Professor of Political Science Richard Baum | University of California, Los Angeles

How did modern China become one of the most important global powers of the 21st century? Join China expert
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10 Chiang, Mao, and the Civil War, 19261934


11 The Republican Experiment, 19271937
12 Resist Japan! 19371945
13 Chiangs Last Stand, 19451949
14 The Chinese People Have Stood Up!
15 Korea, Taiwan, and the Cold War, 19501954
16 Socialist Transformation, 19531957
17 Cracks in the Monolith, 19571958
18 The Great Leap Forward, 19581960
19 Demise of the Great Leap
Forward, 19591962

31 Deng Takes Command, 19781979


32 The Historic Third Plenum, 1978
33 The Normalization of U.S.-China Relations
34 Deng Consolidates His Power, 19791980
35 Socialist Democracy and the Rule of Law
36 Burying Mao, 19811983
37 To Get Rich Is Glorious, 19821986
38 The Fault Lines of Reform, 19841987
39 The Road to Tiananmen, 19871989
40 The Empire Strikes Back, 1989
41 After the Deluge, 19891992

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The Splendor That Was China, 6001700


Malthus and Manchu Hubris, 17301800
Barbarians at the Gate, 18001860
Rural Misery and Rebellion, 18421860
The Self-Strengthening
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Hundred Days of Reform and
the Boxer Uprising
The End of Empire, 19001911
The Failed Republic, 19121919
The Birth of Chinese Communism, 19171925

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20 Never Forget Class Struggle! 19621965


21 Long Live Chairman Mao! 19641965
22 Maos Last Revolution Begins, 19651966
23 The Childrens Crusade, 19661967
24 The Storm Subsides, 19681969
25 The Sino-Soviet War of Nerves, 19641969
26 Nixon, Kissinger, and China, 19691972
27 Maos Deterioration and Death, 19711976
28 The Legacy of Mao ZedongAn Appraisal
29 The Post-Mao Interregnum, 19761977
30 Hua Guofeng and the Four Modernizations

42 The Roaring Nineties, 19921999


43 The Rise of Chinese Nationalism, 19932001
44 Chinas Lost TerritoriesTaiwan, Hong Kong
45 China in the New Millennium, 20002008
46 Chinas Information Revolution
47 One World, One Dream
The 2008 Olympics
48 Chinas RiseThe Sleeping Giant Stirs

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MODERN HISTORY

Step into the Shoes of French Citizens and Discover


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Examine a crucial turning point for humanitythe


French Revolution and its aftermathin which
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path to freedom.

he 25 years between the onset


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in modern history. When you complete this course, youll have a new
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changed the rest of Europe.
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the struggles of France between 1789
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hopes and questions of this gripping The Battle of Pont dArcole, November 15-17, 1796, gave Napoleon victory over
Austria, which was part of a coalition of European nations that aimed to reinstall the
story have profound implications for French monarchy.
us today.

Lecture Titles
1 Introduction and the Old Regime Monarchy
2 PrivilegeOld Regime Society
3 The Enlightenment
4 France, Global Commerce, and Colonization
5 American Revolution and the Economic Crisis
6 The Political Awakening of 1789
7 July 14thStorming the Bastille
8 Peasant Revolt and the Abolition of Feudalism
9 The Declaration of the Rights of Man
10 Paris Commands Its King
11 Political Apprenticeship in Democracy
12 Religion and the Early Revolution

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14 Womens Rights in the Early Revolution
15 The Kings Flight
16 Foreign ReactionsA Divided Europe
17 The Path to War with Europe
18 Overthrowing the Monarchy
19 The Kings Trial
20 The Republic at War
21 Revolutionary Culture and Festivals
22 Family and Marriage
23 Slave Revolt and the Abolition of Slavery
24 Counterrevolution and the Vende

25 The Pressure Cooker of Politics


26 Revolution in CrisisSummer 1793
27 Terror Is the Order of the Day
28 The Revolution Devours Her Children
29 The Overthrow of Robespierre
30 The Thermidorian Reaction
31 The DirectoryAn Experimental Republic
32 Young Napoleon
33 The Italian Campaign and the Sister Republics
34 Sister Republics? France and America
35 Bonaparte in Egypt
36 Bonaparte Seizes Power

37 Building PowerGeneral and First Consul


38 Napoleon Becomes Emperor
39 Napoleons Ambitions in the New World
40 Taking on the Great Powers
41 Expanding the Empire
42 France during the Empire
43 Living under the Empire
44 The Russian Campaign
45 Napoleons Fall and the Hundred Days
46 Waterloo and Beyond
47 Emerging Political Models
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MODERN HISTORY

Delve Deeply into One of the Most


Important Periods in History

Smithsonian

The Industrial Revolution


Professor of American History Patrick N. Allitt | Emory University

Discover the inventors, business leaders, and ordinary


workers who created our modern industrial world.

e owe so much of our


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Taught by longtime Great
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We recognize the benefits of the
Industrial Revolution in hindsight,
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created hardships along the way. Its
method of creative destruction shattered the livelihoods of rank-and-file
workers; the new economy increased
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harmful. While Professor Allitt presents all sides of the story, he shows
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ingenuity has been overwhelmingly
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this revolution liberated people from
many of the difficulties and restrictions of preindustrial life.

The Industrial Revolution is the story of how we learned to make and distribute ever
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Lecture Titles
Industrialization Is Good for You
Why Was Britain First?
The Agricultural Revolution
Cities and Manufacturing Traditions
The Royal Shipyards
The Textile Industry
Coal MiningPowering the Revolution
IronCoking and Puddling
Wedgwood and the Pottery Business

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Dr. Patrick N. Allitt

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20 Steamboats and Factories in America
21 Why Europe Started Late
22 Bismarck, De Lesseps, and Eiffel
23 John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil
24 Andrew Carnegie and American Steel
25 American Industrial Labor
26 Anglo-American Contrasts
27 Electric Shocks and Surprises

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28 Mass-Producing Bicycles and Cars


29 Taking FlightThe Dream Becomes Reality
30 Industrial Warfare, 19141918
31 Expansion and the Great Depression
32 Mass Production Wins World War II
33 The Information Revolution
34 Asian TigersThe New Industrialized Nations
35 Environmental Paradoxes
36 The Benign Transformation

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10 Building Britains Canals


11 Steam Technology and the First Railways
12 The Railway Revolution
13 Isambard Kingdom BrunelMaster Engineer
14 The Machine-Tool Makers
15 The Workers-Eye View
16 Poets, Novelists, and Factories
17 How Industry Changed Politics
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MODERN HISTORY

The Story of the United States of America as Only


the Smithsonian Can Tell It
Smithsonian
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian
Tour through American History

Dr. Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture | Smithsonian

Dive into a rich, visual history of the United States of


America, as told using the Smithsonians one-of-a-kind
collection of iconic and symbolic American artifacts.

he Smithsonian is a repository of Americas history,


achievements, aspirations,
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of great leaders. It houses scientific
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Smithsonian brings our national
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Smithsonian are collaborating to
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Experiencing America: A
Smithsonian Tour through
American History showcases almost
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these evocative items tell the story of
America, its people, and its diverse
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1 The Star-Spangled Banner
Inspiring the Anthem
2 Presidents and GeneralsImages of Leadership
3 Conscience and ConflictReligious History
4 The Growth and Spread of Slavery
5 Emancipation and the Civil War
6 Gold, Guns, and GrandeurThe West

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7 The First AmericansThen and Now


8 Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Wagons
9 CommunicationsFrom Telegraph to Television
10 Immigrant Dreams and Immigrant Struggles
11 User FriendlyDemocratizing Technology
12 Extinction and Conservation

13 Kitty Hawk to TranquilityInnovation and Flight


14 Cold WarRed Badges, Bombs,
and the Berlin Wall
15 National TragedyMaine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11
16 For the Greater GoodPublic Health
17 Women Making History
18 The Power of Portraits

19 Two Centuries of American Style


20 HollywoodThe American Myth Machine
21 The Hope DiamondAmericas Crown Jewel
22 Sing Out for JusticeAmerican Music
23 Exploring the Land, Exploring the Universe
24 All Men Are Created EqualCivil Rights

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MODERN HISTORY

Fascinating Tales of English Royalty


A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

These courses provide outstanding detail which enhances my knowledge


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Professor of History Robert Bucholz | Loyola University Chicago

Francis Barden, Arlington, WA

Learn how England transformed itself from a medieval


backwater into the first modern state in this sweeping
48-lecture course on one of the most interesting periods
in all of history.

uring the 229-year period


from 1485 to 1714, England
transformed itself from a
minor feudal state into what has been
called the first modern society and
emerged as the wealthiest and most
powerful nation in the world.
Those years hold a huge story.
The English survived repeated epidemics and famines, one failed invasion and two successful ones, two
civil wars, a series of violent religious
reformations and counter-reformations, and confrontations with two
of the most powerful monarchs
on earth, Louis XIV of France and
Philip II of Spain.
But they did much more than survive. They produced a great culture,
giving the world the ideas of John
Locke, the plays of Shakespeare, the
wit of Swift, the poetry of Milton,
the buildings of Christopher Wren,

the science of Isaac Newton, and the


King James Bible, to name a very
few.
And, despite the wrongs they
visited upon so many, they also left
behind something else: the political
principles and ideals for which we
and so many of themwould work
and die, and on which we would
build our nation.
As you watch Englands changing social, economic, religious, and
political structures unfold while the
Tudors and then the Stuarts establish their monarchies, you will hear
the real facts behind such interesting
and enduring stories as these:
Henry VIIIs wives and his fear
that a woman would rule
The reigns of Henrys three children: the popular Elizabeth I,
Bloody Mary, and Edward VI

Hampton Court Palace was one of the residences of Henry VIII.

The execution of Charles I, who


dressed in his best clothes to
walk to his beheading
You will also learn how the
English people were born, worked,
played, worshiped, fell in love, and
died. You will discover answers to

such intriguing questions as, Why


have all of Britains glory days been
under women monarchs? Why
do rebellion and war continue in
Ireland and Scotland?

24 Order and Disorder


25 Towns, Trade, and Colonization
26 London
27 The Elizabethan and Jacobean Age
28 Establishing the Stuart Dynasty160325
29 The Ascendancy of Buckingham161428
30 Religion and Local Control162837
31 Crisis of Three Kingdoms163742
32 The Civil Wars164249
33 The Search for a Settlement164953
34 Cromwellian England165360
35 The Restoration Settlement166070
36 The Failure of the Restoration167078

37 The Popish Plot and Exclusion167885


38 A Catholic Restoration? 168588
39 The Glorious Revolution168889
40 King Williams War168992
41 King Williams War16921702
42 Queen Anne and the Rage of Party1702
43 Queen Annes War170210
44 Queen Annes Peace171014
45 Hanoverian Epilogue171430
46 The Land and Its People in 1714, Part I
47 The Land and Its People in 1714, Part II
48 The Meaning of English History14851714

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A History of England from


the Tudors to the Stuarts
Professor Robert Bucholz
Loyola University Chicago

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13 The Last Years of Henry VIII154047
14 Edward VI154753
15 Mary I155358
16 Young Elizabeth1558
17 The Elizabethan Settlement155868
18 Set in a Dangerous World156888
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20 The Land and Its People in 1603
21 Private LifeThe Elite
22 Private LifeThe Commoners
23 The Ties that Bound

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MODERN HISTORY

Vikings: Historys Raiders and Traders


The Vikings
Professor of Classical and Byzantine History Kenneth W. Harl | Tulane University

Discover the tremendous impact Vikings had on


the history and culture of Western civilization,
from England and France to Russia to the gates of
Constantinople.

s raiders and explorers, the


Vikings played a decisive role
in the formation of Latin
Christendom, and particularly of
western Europe. In this course, you
will study the Vikings not only as
warriors, but also in other roles for
which they were equally extraordinary: merchants, artists, kings,
raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and
creators of a remarkable literature of
myths and sagas.
Professor Kenneth Harl synthesizes insights from an astonishing array of sources: The Russian
Primary Chronicle (a Slavic text
from medieval Kiev), 13 -century
Icelandic poems and sagas, Byzantine
accounts, Arab geographies, annals of
Irish monks who faced Viking raids,
Roman reports, and scores of other
firsthand contemporary documents.
Among the topics you'll explore are
the profound influence of the Norse
gods and heroes on Viking culture
and the Vikings extraordinary accomth

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plishments as explorers and settlers


in Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland.
With the help of archaeological findings, you'll learn to analyze Viking
ship burials, runestones and runic
inscriptions, Viking wood carving,
jewelry, sculpture, and metalwork.
The Vikings were a people whose
history stretched from the Vinland
settlements in Newfoundland to
Baghdad. Accordingly, the telling of
their story requires a historian of Dr.
Harls considerable powers.
The course begins with a virtual
tour of the unique Scandinavian
terrain, and it course explores Viking
skills in shipbuilding, navigation,
and warfare, as well as their cultural and artistic achievements and
themes.
Who were the Vikings? Raiders,
seafarers, kings, and writers, a people who truly defined the history of
Europe, and whose brave, adventurous, and creative spirit still survives
today.

Lecture Titles
1 The Vikings in Medieval History
2 Land and People of Medieval Scandinavia
3 Scandinavian Society in the Bronze Age
4 Scandinavia in the Celtic and Roman Ages
5 The Age of Migrations
6 The Norse Gods
7 Runes, Poetry, and Visual Arts
8 Legendary Kings and Heroes
9 A Revolution in Shipbuilding

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10 Warfare and Society in the Viking Age


11 Merchants and Commerce
in the Viking Age
12 Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age
13 Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire
14 The Duchy of Normandy
15 Viking Assault on England
16 The Danelaw
17 Viking Assault on Ireland
18 Norse Kings of Dublin and Ireland

19 The Settlement of Iceland


20 IcelandA Frontier Republic
21 Skaldic Poetry and Sagas
22 Western Voyages to Greenland and Vinland
23 Swedes in the Baltic Sea and Russia
24 The Road to Byzantium
25 From Varangians into Russians
26 Transformation of Scandinavian Society
27 St. Anskar and the First Christian Missions

28 Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark


29 Cnut the Great
30 Collapse of Cnuts Empire
31 Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway
32 St. Olaf of Norway
33 Kings of the Swedes and Goths
34 Christianization and Economic Change
35 From Vikings to Crusaders
36 The Viking Legacy

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MODERN HISTORY

Investigate the Making of Modern Europe


Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age
Professor of History Thomas Childers | University of Pennsylvania

Modern European history began with two seismic tremorscapitalism and democracy. In the decades after 1750,
the Industrial Revolution in England thrust aside the old
economic order and introduced modern industrial capitalism. The French Revolution of 17891799 swept away the

ancien rgime in France and threatened entrenched elites


everywhere in Europe. You study from the ancien rgime to
the revolution and the reaction to Napoleon to the Second
World War and its long-term effects on Europe.

Lecture Titles
1 IntroductionEurope in the Modern Age
2 Social and Political Life under the Ancien Regime
3 Intellectual and Cultural LifeThe
Challenge of the Enlightenment
4 The Origins of the French Revolution
5 The Outbreak of the Revolution and
the Monarchist Response
6 The Terror and Its Aftermath
7 The Rise of NapoleonHeir of the
Revolution or New Form of Tyranny?
8 Napoleonic EuropeAn Epoch of War
9 The Restoration and Reactionary Conservatism
10 The Challenge of Liberal Nationalism
11 Liberal Capitalism and the Industrial
RevolutionThe English Experience

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12 The Social Impact of the Industrial Revolution


13 The Revolution in France
14 Revolution in Central Europe
15 The Political Implications of the Revolution
16 The Unification of Germany
17 The Unification of Italy
18 The New Imperialism
19 Race, Religion, and GreedExplaining
European Expansion
20 Marx and the Challenge of Socialism
21 The Social Problem and the Crisis of Liberalism
22 A New ConservatismAnti-Modernism
and the Origins of Fascism
23 European Cultural and Intellectual Life
24 Social Norms, Social Strains in the Belle Epoque

38 The Third ReichIdeology and Domestic Policy


39 Ideology and Hitlers Foreign Policy
40 The Twenty-Year CrisisThe
International System, 19191939
41 The Coming of War, 1939
42 The Blitzkrieg, 19401941
43 The Holocaust
44 The World at War
45 The Origins of the Cold War
46 The Division of Europe
47 The Collapse of Communism
48 ConclusionEurope on the Eve of the 21st Century

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25 The International System, 187190


26 The Breakdown of the International
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27 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in the Multinational Empires of Central and Eastern Europe
28 The July Crisis and the Outbreak of War
29 The War to End All WarsThe Experience of the Trenches
30 The Treaty of Versailles and the Failed Peace
31 The Bolshevik Revolution
32 Civil War and the Establishment of the Soviet State
33 The Soviet System Under Stalin
34 Mussolini and the Emergence of Italian Fascism
35 The Democracies in Crisis
36 Hitler and the Rise of Nazism in Germany
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Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution
Professor of History Peter C. Mancall | University of Southern California

In 17601800, American colonists broke away from their


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1 Self-Evident Truths
2 Ideas and Ide ologies
3 Europeans of Colonial America
4 Natives and Slaves of Colonial America
5 The Colonies in the Atlantic World, c. 1750
6 The Seven Years War
7 The British Constitution
8 George III and the Politics of Empire
9 Politics in British America before 1760
10 James Otis and the Writs of Assistance Case
11 The Search for Order and Revenue
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13 Parliament Digs in Its Heels, 17661767


14 The Crisis of Representation
15 The Logic of Loyalty and Resistance
16 Franklin and the Search for Reconciliation
17 The Boston Massacre
18 The British Empire and the Tea Act
19 The Boston Tea Party and the Coercive Acts
20 The First Continental Congress
21 Lexington and Concord
22 Second Continental Congress and Bunker Hill
23 Thomas Paine and Common Sense
24 The British Seizure of New York

25 The Declaration of Independence


26 The War for New York and New Jersey
27 Saratoga, Philadelphia, and Valley Forge
28 The Creation of State Constitutions
29 Jeffersons Statute for Religious Freedom
30 Franklin, Paris, and the French Alliance
31 The Articles of Confederation
32 Yorktown and the End of the War
33 The Treaty of Paris of 1783
34 The Crises of the 1780s
35 African Americans and the Revolution
36 The Constitutional Convention

37 The United States Constitution


38 The Antifederalist Critique
39 The Federalists Response
40 The Bill of Rights
41 Politics in the 1790s
42 The Alien and Sedition Acts
43 The Election of 1800
44 Women and the American Revolution
45 The Revolution and Native Americans
46 The American Revolution as Social Movement
47 Reflections by the Revolutionary Generation
48 The Meaning of the Revolution

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Experience the Turmoil and Tragedy of the 20th Centurys


First Epic War
World War I: The Great War
Professor of History Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius | University of Tennessee, Knoxville

From August 1914 to November 1918, an unprecedented


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war. It was the first conflict in which entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, investing all their wealth,
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The Centurys Initial Catastrophe


Europe in 1914
Toward Crisis in Politics and Culture
Causes of the War and the July Crisis, 1914
The August Madness
The Failed GamblesWar Plans Break Down
The Western Front Experience
Life and Death in the Trenches
The Great Battles of Attrition

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19 The War State


20 Propaganda War
21 Endurance and Stress on the Home Front
22 Dissent and Its Limits
23 Remobilization in 19161917
24 Armenian MassacresTipping into Genocide
25 Strains of WarSocialists and Nationalists
26 Russian Revolutions
27 Americas Entry into the War

10 The Eastern Front Experience


11 The Southern Fronts
12 War Aims and Occupations
13 Soldiers as Victims
14 Storm Troopers and Future Dictators
15 The Total War of Technology
16 Air War
17 War at Sea
18 The Global Reach of the War

28 America at WarOver There and Over Here


29 1918The German Empires Last Gamble
30 The Wars EndEmotions of the Armistice
31 Toppled ThronesThe Collapse of Empires
32 The Versailles Treaty and Paris Settlement
33 AftershocksReds, Whites, and Nationalists
34 Monuments, Memory, and Myths
35 The Rise of the Mass Dictatorships
36 Legacies of the Great War

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1 The Origins of the Second World War
2 Hitlers Challenge to the
International System, 19331936
3 The Failure of the International System
4 The Coming of War
5 Blitzkrieg
6 The German Offensive in the West
7 Their Finest HourBritain Alone
8 The Battle of Britain

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10 The Germans Before Moscow
11 The War in Asia
12 The Japanese Gamble
13 The Height of Japanese Power
14 Turning the Tide in the Pacific
Midway and Guadalcanal
15 The War in North Africa
16 War in the MediterraneanThe Inva
sions of Sicily and Italy

17 StalingradThe Turning Point on the Eastern Front


18 Eisenhower and Operation Overlord
19 D-Day to Paris
20 Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge
21 Advance Across the Pacific
22 Turning Point in the Southwest Pacific
Leyte Gulf and the Philippines
23 The Final Drive for JapanIwo Jima,
Okinawa, and the Fire-Bombing of Tokyo
24 War in the Air

25 Hitlers New Order in Europe


26 This Mans Army
27 Daily Life, Culture, and Society in Wartime
28 The Race for Berlin
29 Truman, the Bomb, and the End
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30 The Costs of War

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MODERN HISTORY

Examine Our Nations Most Dramatic Conflict


The American Civil War

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14 The Kentucky Campaign of 1862
15 Antietam
16 The Background to Emancipation
17 Emancipation Completed
18 Filling the Ranks
19 Sinews of WarFinance and Supply
20 The War in the West, Winter 186263
21 The War in Virginia, Winter and Spring 186263
22 Gettysburg
23 Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and Tullahoma
24 A Season of Uncertainty, Summer and Fall 1863

37 Cold Harbor to Petersburg


38 The Confederate Home Front, I
39 The Confederate Home Front, II
40 The Northern Home Front, I
41 The Northern Home Front, II
42 Prisoners of War
43 Mobile Bay and Atlanta
44 Petersburg, the Crater, and the Valley
45 The Final Campaigns
46 Petersburg to Appomattox
47 Closing Scenes and Reckonings
48 Remembering the War

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25 Grant at Chattanooga
26 The Diplomatic Front
27 African Americans in Wartime, I
28 African Americans in Wartime, II
29 Wartime Reconstruction
30 The Naval War
31 The River War and Confederate
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32 Women at War, I
33 Women at War, II
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35 Sherman versus Johnston in Georgia
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1 Prelude to War
2 The Election of 1860
3 The Lower South Secedes
4 The Crisis at Fort Sumter
5 The Opposing Sides, I
6 The Opposing Sides, II
7 The Common Soldier
8 First Manassas or Bull Run
9 Contending for the Border States
10 Early Union Triumphs in the West
11 Shiloh and Corinth
12 The Peninsula Campaign

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1 Living Bravely
2 Spain, France, and the Netherlands
3 Gentlemen in the Wilderness
4 Radicals in the Wilderness
5 Traders in the Wilderness
6 An Economy of Slaves
7 Printers, Painters, and Preachers
8 The Great Awakening
9 The Great War for Empire
10 The Rejection of Empire
11 The American Revolution
Politics and People
12 The American Revolution
Howes War
13 The American Revolution
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14 Creating the Constitution
15 Hamiltons Republic
16 Republicans and Federalists
17 Adams and Liberty

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19 Territory and Treason
20 The Agrarian Republic
21 The Disastrous War of 1812
22 The American System
23 A Nation Announcing Itself
24 National Republican Follies
25 The Second Great Awakening
26 Dark Satanic Mills
27 The Military Chieftain
28 The Politics of Distrust
29 The Monster Bank
30 Whigs and Democrats
31 American Romanticism
32 The Age of Reform
33 Southern Society and the
Defense of Slavery
34 Whose Manifest Destiny?
35 The Mexican War
36 The Great Compromise

37 Sectional Tensions Escalate


38 Drifting Toward Disaster
39 The Coming of War
40 The First Year of Fighting
41 Shifting Tides of Battle
42 Diplomatic Clashes and
Sustaining the War
43 Behind the Lines
Politicsand Economies
44 African Americans in Wartime
45 The Union Drive to Victory
46 Presidential Reconstruction
47 Congress Takes Command
48 Reconstruction Ends
49 Industrialization
50 Transcontinental Railroads
51 The Last Indian Wars
52 Farming the Great Plains
53 African Americans after
Reconstruction

54 Men and Women


55 Religion in Victorian America
56 The Populists
57 The New Immigration
58 City Life
59 Labor and Capital
60 Theodore Roosevelt
and Progressivism
61 Mass Production
62 World War IThe Road
to Intervention
63 World War IVersailles
and Wilsons Gambit
64 The 1920s
65 The Wall Street Crash and
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66 The New Deal
67 World War IIThe Road
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68 World War IIThe European Theater

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70 The Cold War
71 The Korean War and McCarthyism
72 The Affluent Society
73 The Civil Rights Movement
74 The New Frontier and
the Great Society
75 The Rise of Mass Media
76 The Vietnam War
77 The Womens Movement
78 Nixon and Watergate
79 Environmentalism
80 Religion in TwentiethCentury America
81 Carter and the Reagan Revolution
82 The New World Order
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MODERN HISTORY

Which Inventions Were Truly Revolutionary?


Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World
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12 The Caravel and Celestial Navigation
13 Unlocking the Power of Coal and Iron
14 Steam Engines and Pin Making
15 Canals and Railroads
16 Food Preservation
17 Water and Sewer Systems
18 Batteries and Electric Generators

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20 Electric Light and Power
21 Department Stores and
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22 Motion Pictures
23 Surgery and the Operating Room
24 Steel, Glass, and Plastics
25 The Model T
26 AviationThe Wright Time for Flight

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29 Household Appliances
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32 Personal Computing
33 Genetic Engineering
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35 Social Media and Democracy
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Survey 13.7 Billion Years of Thrilling History


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1 What Is Big History?
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3 Simplicity and Complexity
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5 Threshold 1Origins of Big Bang Cosmology
6 How Did Everything Begin?
7 Threshold 2The First Stars and Galaxies
8 Threshold 3Making Chemical Elements
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10 The Early EarthA Short History
11 Plate Tectonics and the Earths Geography
12 Threshold 5Life

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15 The Origins of Life
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17 Life on EarthMulti-celled Organisms
18 Hominines
19 Evidence on Hominine Evolution
20 Threshold 6What Makes Humans Different?
21 Homo sapiensThe First Humans
22 Paleolithic Lifeways
23 Change in the Paleolithic Era
24 Threshold 7Agriculture

25 The Origins of Agriculture


26 The First Agrarian Societies
27 Power and Its Origins
28 Early Power Structures
29 From Villages to Cities
30 SumerThe First Agrarian Civilization
31 Agrarian Civilizations in Other Regions
32 The World That Agrarian Civilizations Made
33 Long TrendsExpansion and State Power
34 Long TrendsRates of Innovation
35 Long TrendsDisease and Malthusian Cycles
36 Comparing the World Zones

37 The Americas in the Later Agrarian Era


38 Threshold 8The Modern Revolution
39 The Medieval Malthusian Cycle, 5001350
40 The Early Modern Cycle, 13501700
41 BreakthroughThe Industrial Revolution
42 Spread of the Industrial Revolution to 1900
43 The 20th Century
44 The World That the Modern Revolution Made
45 Human History and the Biosphere
46 The Next 100 Years
47 The Next Millennium and the Remote Future
48 Big HistoryHumans in the Cosmos

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