A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

DVD - 2009
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No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. Throughout its vast and riveting history, London was the capital of a powerful empire that covered one-fifth of the world's landmass and one-quarter of its population; was the headquarters of a constitutional monarchy with more elements of democracy and popular participation than any Western country before the United States; was the economic center of Europe both during and after the Industrial Revolution, serving as its financial center, its banking center, and its largest port; spearheaded innovative modern solutions (including public institutions and municipal police forces) to universal human ills such as crime, disease, and poverty; was the site of historical political movements that led to wider government reform, including the fight for women's suffrage; was the home to some of history's greatest individuals, including William Shakespeare, Queen Victoria, and Winston Churchill; and served as the last bastion of freedom in Europe against the onslaught of the Nazis in World War II. London's greatness continues to this day. The city stands as a global metropolitan center and continues to be synonymous with important developments in international business, culture, and politics.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Co., c2009.
ISBN: 9781598035292
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 720 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bucholz, R. O. 1958-
Teaching Company


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Jan 13, 2014

This Great Courses DVD package of four discs provides 24 lectures -- starting with pre-roman and roman London (e.g. the name london is thought to have come from a Celtic word for "wild") and ending with postwar London (including the 1960s and Millennial London). Each 30 minute lecture includes lots of interesting details and is well presented.

Jul 23, 2012

Presenter brings to life the people and times from Roman Britain to the days of Pepys, plague and fire.

Jul 14, 2011

An informative series of lectures by a professor who is clearly a genuine London enthusiast. His delivery is often rather irritatingly overdramatic but he's well turned out and gets full marks for effort. He's certainly a lot more animated and intersting than the old dry-as-toast history profs. I had in my day. He also knows his stuff. Recommended.

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