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Publisher's Summary

The Middle Ages was a time of major historical shifts and transformations. This amazing era reverberates with discoveries, innovations, events, and historical processes that are integral to the world we know now.

In these 24 enthralling lectures, Professor Salisbury leads you on a sumptuous tour of this incredible historical epoch, making clear that the remarkable historical currents and advances of the Middle Ages unfolded not only in the West, but across the globe, from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to Asia, the Americas, and beyond:

  • Expansion, Prosperity, and Networks of Trade. Grasp the advances in technology and agriculture that drove civilizations from Europe to China and map the great trading networks that connected medieval civilizations. 
  • The Age of Faith. The Middle Ages was an era of vast religious expansion and controversy; witness this in events such as the rise of Islam; the drama and disaster of the Crusades; Buddhism’s spread across Asia; and the internal schisms within Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity.
  • Medieval Treasures of Art and Architecture. Explore the triumphs of medieval architecture, from European castles and cathedrals to the sublime religious monuments of Indonesia and Cambodia; delve into the medieval literary epics of heroes and lovers that still move us.
  • The Phenomenon of Travel. Visualize the amazing sea voyages of the Vikings and the Polynesians, and travel Asia and the Far East in the company of legendary travelers Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, and Lady Nijo.
  • The Medieval Americas. Study the economies, religions, and monumental architecture of the Maya in Mexico, the Chaco Canyon peoples in North America, the Chimu civilization in Peru, and the forest peoples of the Amazon.

Crossing many cultures, continents, and 1,000 years of history, The Middle Ages Around the World offers you a dazzling journey through an epoch that continues to speak meaningfully to the modern world.

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Terribly disappointing and Euro-centric

I love the idea of the book -- about the middle ages but around the world, not just the overly familiar histories of medieval Italy, France, and England. The author has a good grasp of these areas, and brings a bit of freshness to them. But everywhere else it seems as if she just read a few entries on Wikipedia and summarized them.
She also suffers from unacknowledged racial and cultural bias. For example, she calls people "native" when she's talking about people living in India or Africa, but when referring to people living in, say, France, she calls them "French."
Skip this one, folks.

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A Rare Disappointment from The Great Courses

The lecturer provides a simplified narrative of events that includes many mistakes and inaccuracies. I never felt engaged with this course because the lectures never explore any of the subjects it covers in any amount of depth.

You can also tell that the lecturer is reading from a script. I found her tone and inflections annoying and distracting. It sounded like she was trying to read a children’s book to a group of 9 year olds. I strongly prefer when the lecturer speaks more naturally like they are giving a talk in a class. A rare and disappointing miss from TGC.

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Not a serious history course

The lecturer mixes fact with speculation and fiction without distinguishing which is which. The entire course is full of half truths and simplifications, but there is no distinguishing between well established consensus vs the opinions of the lecturer. I do not recommend this course to anyone

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Truly World History

I often tire of world history overviews that are VERY Eurocentric. This is thankfully not that. I felt it was an excellent overview that helps give you perspective about the evolution of different civilizations at the same time. She has a conversational style that reminds me of having a chat with your favorite teacher about the topic they are passionate about. Very engaging. Highly recommend.

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