European civilization from the Renaissance to the present

215579_campanile_3.jpgProfessor Thomas Laqueur gives an enthusiastic and insightful tour of modern European history in this fall 2006 course. The Berkeley course website offers several editions of Laqueur’s course. I recommend this particular one because in addition to being able to listen to the downloadable audio files, you can watch the lectures in streaming video. I liked listening to a lecture on my iPod, and then fast forwarding through the video version on my computer so that I could see the slides (works of art, architecture and maps) that go along with the lectures.

I especially enjoyed the way Laqueur showed how ideas and events from the past continue to influence the present. For example, he showed how Renaissance ideas of architecture influenced the building of the University of California at Berkeley campus
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