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Colonial and Revolutionary America

By Stanford University

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This course covers the opening segment of the traditional American history survey. Its major themes are the character of colonial society; the origins and consequences of the American Revolution, from the Stamp Act controversy to the adoption of the Federal Constitution; the impact of the Revolution on the general population and culture; and (implicitly) the long-term significance of the social and political history of this era for our conceptions of American nationhood, society, and citizenship. Released with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic course

Great class and a really interesting overview of Revolutionary history.

Hard to follow

I gave up on Episode 14. I found the professor difficult to follow and when he talked about Queen Elizabeth being hot, I decided it was time to go.

Wonderful, fascinating, entertaining

Jack Rakove is a natural educator in the sense that he brings out the best in his material and his (usually inaudible) students. He's erudite, witty, incredibly well-read, a polymath who isn't afraid to bring Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper into a discussion on what it is historians do, or Alfred Crosby (the man Jared Diamond stole all his ideas from) on the science of early history. Grab this and listen to it over and over (I'm on my third listening now).