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History of the World to 1500 CE (W3902)

by Professor Richard Bulliet

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This course presents and at the same time critiques a narrative world history from prehistoric times to 1500. The purpose of the course is to convey an understanding of how this rapidly growing field of history is being approached at three different levels: the narrative textbook level, the theoretical-conceptual level, and through discussion sections, the research level.

Customer Reviews

Worth 30 hours

I just completed the final lecture for this collection. I do recommend this class but with some disclosure. This is not a history class that gives you a clear view of the history of the world. It is more along the lines of a historical theory discussion. It is a very unique look at how to look at history. Most of the discussions were interesting. Additional research and recommended reading is essential. Audio quality drops out on some lectures but never to a point that the professor could not be heard. There is not much to watch except the professor pacing. I would listen until I hear the chalk hit the board then watch. There is a cute blond that sits in the front row most lectures. Somewhat distracting just like I remember from real class. The last lecture seemed a bit offensive. Religion was attacked a bit and I believe afghans were compared to monkeys at one point. All in all it's a good course and recommended. Listen at 1 1/2 or 2x speed depending on the lecture.


This is the same as an audio except that you can watch him talk.

bad audio, emphasis on obscure points of view

The right audio channel seems dead in all the lectures, and what remains of the left is scratchy and muffled.

The professor seems to spend a lot of time presenting very obscure opinions. It's not clear whether he is professing these as viable alternatives to the mainstream, or is being sarcastic.

What a strange course. I was hoping for History of the World to 1500 AD. What I got was a course on how difficult it is to write a history book.

History of the World to 1500 CE (W3902)
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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