Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.
– Edmund Burke
American Military History
A retired four-star general guides you through three centuries of America’s wars—including his.
The Rise of Rome
From great leaders to everyday citizens, delve into the early days and the dramatic collapse of the Roman Republic.
The Great Trials of World History
Join an award-winning law professor for an investigation into the great legal battles that shaped the course of world history.
Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century
Join an award-winning professor of history to examine a full century of our most violent history with the goal of understanding the roots of terror in order to prevent even greater horrors in the centuries to come.
Examine the strengths and foibles of Victorian Britain with an award-winning professor.
Understanding Imperial China
Take an inside look at life in China’s splendorous empire, through the eyes of poets, courtiers, emperors, scholars, travelers, and courtesans.
The American West
Discover what the Wild West was really like as acclaimed Professor Patrick N. Allitt reveals the truth behind our cherished stories.
The History of Spain
Join a seasoned expert on Spain and witness the dazzling history of the Spanish culture and its unique role in the West.
America: The State of Our Democracy
Join three esteemed experts and professors of history as they present their views on American democracy, filmed live at a special Great Lectures event in New York City.
The Ottoman Empire
From magnificent rise to tragic collapse to stunning rebirth, explore the grand story of the Ottoman Empire in these 36 lectures delivered by a master classical historian.
Explore the evolution, majesty, and intrigue of cathedrals worldwide, as you embark on 3-D tours with a noted medieval historian.
History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective
Look at world history through the lens of religion, philosophy, the visual arts, literature, and more—led by a brilliant lecturer/scholar.
The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age
Learn about the many scientific and cultural achievements of one of the most important periods in all of world history, led by an acclaimed lecturer.
A History of British India
Explore the storied era of British-ruled India, the dissolution of Britain’s empire, and the forging of independent India and Pakistan.
Native Peoples of North America
Join the Smithsonian and an award-winning professor to recount an epic story of resistance and accommodation, persistence and adaption, and extraordinary hardship and survival.
The Big History of Civilizations
Use a cutting-edge historical approach to trace the story of human civilizations from our emergence as a species.
Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Decipher the language of ancient Egypt and learn what hieroglyphs can tell us about history, accompanied by an acclaimed Egyptologist.
Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World
Enjoy a brilliant course that will transform the way you think about science, technology, and the entire course of human history.
The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature
Guided by great works from Yeats, Joyce, Lady Gregory, and others, discover the dazzling world of the Irish Renaissance—led by an award-winning professor.
Music as a Mirror of History
Discover the fascinating ways in which great works of music have interacted with historical events, in this eye-opening course taught by a celebrated composer and music historian.
The Black Death
Taught by a celebrated medievalist, go on an unforgettable excursion into the time period of the plague, its full human repercussions, and its transformative effects on European civilization.
History of Ancient Egypt
Chronologically survey the full 3,000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history led by an Egyptologist and Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.
A History of India
An award winning professor takes you on a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies to the modern challenges.
Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites
Produced in partnership with National Geographic, and led by a renowned archaeologist, explore over 20 of the most significant and enthralling archaeological sites on the planet.
Peoples and Cultures of the World
Reveal the extraordinary power of anthropology as a tool to understand the world's varied human societies, including our own, taught by a renowned expert.
History of the Supreme Court
Trace the development of the Supreme Court from a body having little power to its current status as the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world.
History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev
Hear about 300 years of Russian history from a renowned author and world-class historian who was a student in the Soviet Union.
Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It
Explore the history of competing conceptions of scientific knowledge with a noted professor from Lehigh University.
Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity
Join a historically focused discussion of the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism presented by an award-winning teacher, classical scholar, and one of the most esteemed historians at The Great Courses.
Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers
Take an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world’s greatest war strategists, guided by a member of the elite U.S. Naval War College. You’ll gain a new appreciation for the subtleties and complexities of strategy, in…
Fall and Rise of China
Get multilevel insights into one of the most astounding real-life dramas in modern history. Review China’s social, political, and economical rebirth, led by a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and expert.
The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You
Tackle the tough questions about surveillance and data in the 21st century with an esteemed legal expert and professorial lecturer, focusing on the crucial events that are happening around us right now.
Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire
Go beyond the myth to learn about Alexander the Great, his empire, and why he is known as an innovative military genius who forged a new world order, led by a professor who is an expert on the classical world.
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Behold great masterpieces of antiquity and prehistory in this visually rich course that travels around the world highlighting stunning works of art from ancient cultures.
Turning Points in Middle Eastern History
Go beyond the headlines to reveal the true Middle East. Gain surprising insights about the world today based on this dramatic history led by a professor, US Consultant, and explorer.
The Skeptic's Guide to American History An award-winning
An award-winning scholar and professor examines commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and invites you to think about what really happened in the nation's past--as opposed to what many believe happened.
Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Join an award-winning professor on a great adventure: A tour of Lincoln's life, from his forebears' arrival in America through an evaluation of how his legacy lives on for us today.
The Mysterious Etruscans
Gain new insight into the foundations of Western civilization and discover how the Etruscans were a critical cultural conduit to our modern era.
The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World
Discover the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.
A History of Eastern Europe
Experience the astounding history of one of the world's most fascinating places, in this course that explains the complicated context of Eastern Europe.
The Guide to Essential Italy
Let The Great Courses and Smithsonian Journeys take you on a rich and diverse tour that explores the crown jewels of Italian civilization.
History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach
Explore pivotal incidents of catastrophic failure in battle and consider how these errors changed the course of history in this fascinating 24-lesson series.
America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Witness the transformation of the United States from a war-torn nation to a global leader in this fascinating overview of six profoundly innovative decades.
Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Explore the great moments of human history through the eyes of everyday citizens in this one-of-a-kind course.
The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
Deepen your understanding of politics in this course that reveals the remarkable evolution, impact, and legacy of modern political philosophy.
Sacred Texts of the World
Delve deeply into the sacred writings that have shaped the identities, beliefs, and actions of large segments of humanity—texts that still exert influence in today’s world.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Unearth the spellbinding story of the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century—a 2000 year old library of historical, religious, and linguistic significance.
Great Minds of the Medieval World
Go beyond the typical philosophy course and explore the most fascinating minds of the Middle Ages, including great philosophers, prolific writers, and cultural movers.
How Jesus Became God
Uncover the extraordinary story behind an idea that has shaped our civilization: the Christian belief that Jesus of Nazareth was none other than God the Almighty.
Foundations of Eastern Civilization
Uncover the fascinating origins of East Asian civilization in this comprehensive course that explores the history of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City
Explore a fabled city, frozen in time and buried for centuries, and gain a riveting and unprecedented view of life as it was lived in ancient Roman times.
The Holy Land Revealed
Visit the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity in this comprehensive tour, taught by an archaeologist, that will take you deep beneath the pages of the Bible.
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
Examine a crucial turning point for humanity—the French Revolution and its aftermath—in which common people threw off the shackles of oppression and seized freedom.
The World's Greatest Churches
Discover sublime masterpieces of architecture, art, and faith in this enthralling journey to the greatest Christian churches, basilicas, and cathedrals around the world.
Cities of the Ancient World
From Uruk and Jericho to Athens and Rome, explore ancient urban landscapes and draw connections between the cities of centuries past and those of our modern world.
Turning Points in Modern History
Get a unique view of world history by immersing yourself in the fascinating story of the discoveries, inventions, upheavals, and ideas that shaped the modern world.
The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul
Tour of one of the world's most exciting and interesting destinations in this course that goes on location in Greece and Turkey with a brilliant archaeologist as your guide.
Lost Worlds of South America
Trek through the lost worlds of South America and discover exotic civilizations in this course on the culture, architecture, and history of these ancient peoples.
The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe
Go on a fascinating expedition to 12 spectacular examples of medieval European cities, including Prague, Siena, Barcelona, Bruges, and more, in this eye-popping course.
King Arthur: History and Legend
Uncover the richness of the Arthurian tradition from the Middle Ages to the 21st century in this wide-ranging and fascinating survey of Arthurian literature and art.
Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed
Uncover the fascinating rise and fall of the Maya and Aztec civilizations in this comprehensive course taught by the Director of the Maya Exploration Center.
National Geographic Polar Explorations
Travel to the polar regions on an exquisite visual journey guided by five Arctic and Antarctic experts who reveal the science, culture, and history of these majestic locations.
The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes
Travel in time to an often overlooked area of history and learn the astonishing ways that cultures thought of as barbaric have profoundly influenced our world today.
Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are
Avoid costly mistakes and faux pas when traveling abroad with this course that helps anyone—businesspersons, tourists, and more—navigate other cultures.
Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas
Discover the mysteries of Gnosticism—its worldview, rituals, and sacred texts—and reveal its remarkable impact on western religious history.
The Industrial Revolution
Discover the inventors, business leaders, and ordinary workers who created our modern industrial world in a fascinating course taught by a top-rated professor.
History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration
Follow in the footsteps of history’s most ambitious and influential explorers from antiquity through the space age in this captivating course taught by a top-rated professor.
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History
Dive into a rich, visual history of the United States of America, as told using the Smithsonian’s one-of-a-kind collection of iconic and symbolic American artifacts.
The Decisive Battles of World History
Examine the military encounters that most profoundly affected history in this sweeping course that spans from chariot battles in ancient Egypt to modern conflicts.
The High Middle Ages
Better understand the fascinating world of medieval Europe with this engaging course that explores the years 1000-1300.
The Early Middle Ages
Shed light on the Dark Ages with this absorbing course that relates the often surprising true story of how Rome ended and Western civilization began.
A History of the United States, 2nd Edition
Comprehend the entire history of The United States of America in this all-encompassing and absolutely engrossing course taught by three brilliant professors.
The American Civil War
Discover the real reasons behind the Civil War and get a blow-by-blow description of what happened in each major battle with this engrossing and comprehensive course.
Discover the tremendous impact Vikings had on the history and culture of Western civilization in this engrossing course by an award-winning professor of History.
Ancient Greek Civilization
Discover why the ancient Greeks occupy such a prominent place in Western culture and identity in this engrossing course taught by a historian and archaeologist.
Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations
Decipher the secrets of lost and mysterious civilizations such as the Minoans, the Carthaginians, and many others in this course on the first empires in Western history.
A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
Learn how England transformed itself from a medieval backwater into the first modern state in this sweeping course on one of the most interesting periods in history.
The Foundations of Western Civilization
In this sweeping course, you get the classic grand tour of ancient Western civilization, taught by an award-winning professor of history at Notre Dame.
A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition
Investigate how history's greatest monster rose to power in a highly-educated, industrially developed country in this course taught by an Ivy League professor of History.
The U.S. and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11
Gain perspective and understanding on a troubled region with this course that provides a narrative history and analysis of U.S. political involvement in the Middle East.
Examine a gallery of historical characters who shaped the story of Greece from the Trojan War through the rise of Rome in this course taught by a renowned classicist.
World War II: A Military and Social History
Engross yourself in a comprehensive overview of the single largest event in history with this enthralling course by an Ivy League professor.
Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication
Discover myriad works of early Christianity that failed to make the official canon and become part of the Bible in this course by best-selling author and Professor Bart D. Ehrman.
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