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The History of Ancient Greece (Part 2): Athens in the Fifth Century (MP3 download)

Athens in the fifth century BC was fueled by enormous intellectual and artistic energy, guided by the world's first citizen government, and defended by a magnificent navy. This course examines the main political events of the century, beginning with the establishment of the Athenian democracy ca. 508 BC, moving through the growth of the Athenian naval empire,...See More
$9.00

The History of Ancient Greece (Part 3): The Early Fourth Century (MP3 download)

The fourth century BC is often seen as the decline of the Greeks, but this shortchanges a vital period. The Greeks developed federal political systems, markets thrived, orators presented groundbreaking ideas, and the schools of Plato and Aristotle were established. This course focuses on political and military events from 403 to 355 BC. Emphasis is on the defeat of...See More
$7.00

The History of England (Part 1): 1066-1215 (MP3 download)

What were the earliest roots of our parliamentary system? This course traces the early attempts of the English to rein in their monarchs. It identifies the significant legal and political reforms instituted by William I and his heirs that set England apart from other medieval nations, at the same time laying the foundation for English common law and a parliamentary...See More
$9.00

The History of England (Part 2): 1215-1341 (MP3 download)

By 1215, significant reforms had secularized and rationalized England's political and legal system, culminating with the Magna Charta. Were these reforms adhered to and enhanced, or were they ignored and allowed to decay? Did the political ideas of Thomas Aquinas have any influence on England's political system? This course examines England's history from 1215...See More
$7.00

The History of England (Part 3): 1337-1453, The Hundred Years' War (MP3 download)

The dominant feature of fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century English history was the lengthy and destructive war with France: the Hundred Years' War. By the time the war began, England had established a representative parliament, but feudal custom still dominated society. This course examines England's political history, from 1337 to 1453, to identify the cause,...See More
$9.00

The History of England (Part 4): The Tudors (1485–1603) (MP3 download)

This course examines England’s development under the Tudor dynasty. It focuses on the religious changes and leadership of the five Tudor monarchs that provided the backdrop for the increasingly sophisticated relationship between England’s monarchy and its parliament—partly establishing the precedents for the Glorious Revolution of 1688—and the cultural developments...See More
$9.00

The History of England (Part 5): The Stuarts and the Puritans (1603–1685) (MP3 download)

The ascension of Scottish Stuarts to the English throne triggered an intriguing clash between three incompatible political ideologies: the divine right of kings (espoused by the Stuarts), a rising theocracy (the Calvinist Puritans) and a growing constitutionalism (the British Parliament). This course examines the conflict between the Stuarts’ medieval...See More
$7.00

The Hoover Dam (MP3 download)

Of all the things made by man, one of the first to be seen from space was Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam was built during the Great Depression under the auspices of the Bureau of Reclamation, whose guiding philosophy was to “reclaim” land and water from nature for man’s use. Hoover Dam tamed the wild waters of the Colorado River, providing power and water to millions of...See More
$3.98

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (MP3 download)

What is at the core of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? Why has the conflict come to seem intractable? What if any is America's stake in it? By exploring key elements of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this talk aims to make a forbidding, convoluted subject lucid.
$3.98

The Law in Ancient Greece and Rome: An Examination of Primary Sources (MP3 download)

The ancient Greek and Roman attempts to order relationships through deliberation rather than force led to important principles of law that have influenced men throughout history.
$7.00

The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison (MP3 download)

Edison has been called the greatest inventor in history and a prime mover of the "Second Industrial Revolution." He held 1,093 patents, including ones for the phonograph, electric lighting systems, the movie camera and the storage battery. This course examines not only Edison's achievements, but also the virtues that made them possible.
$9.00

The Life and Legacy of James Madison (MP3 download)

This lecture examines the thought and career of one of America's most important Founding Fathers. James Madison entered public life as a young man, at the outset of the Revolution, and made important contributions to America's freedom for another sixty years.
$3.98

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