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  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great course. so much info. loved it.

  • By M J North on 14-05-17

Incredible

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Reviewed: 01-04-19

Every book I read or listen to by Dorsey Armstrong brings me closer to history, closer and more empathetic to the people who lived in fascinating times.
Thank you Dorsey, for bringing such cared for and sometimes funny and completely engaging writing.

  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
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    5 out of 5 stars 938

A magisterial, single volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known, by our foremost military historian. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concise, Interesting and Entertaining

  • By David on 16-08-12

Life changing, utterly and incomprehensibly flawless

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Reviewed: 04-10-17

I have no words, and for that I apologise, to describe the enormity of information so important, so life altering in its gravity, that is contained within this book.
Less than a lifetime ago the greatest conflict to ever occur ended, and yet I have a friend who did not realise that China was involved in the second world war at all. This is simultaneously understandable (albeit only very slightly) and very disturbing. I cannot fathom why this book is not forced upon every curriculum on earth, as the need to remember and understand what caused the second world war is the only way to prevent similar mind numbing destruction ever happening again.
My life is forever changed by this book, and I thank Antony Beevor for creating it.