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A History of Freedom

Sprecher: Rufus J. Fears
Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 33 Min.
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It can be argued that one simple idea - the concept of freedom - has been the driving force of Western civilization and may be the most influential intellectual force the world has ever known. But what is freedom, exactly? These 36 engaging lectures tell the dramatic story of freedom from ancient Greece to our own day, exploring a concept so close to us we may never have considered it with the thoroughness it deserves.

In exploring what freedom meant to Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, and other great historical figures, you'll probe a range of provocative issues related to a concept we in the 21st century sometimes take for granted. What does it take to be free, to have and to hold liberty? What role do the liberal arts and the world of the intellect play in the life of a free society or a free individual? How should we understand the relationship among freedom, religion, and morality?

With Professor Fears guiding and informing your thinking, you explore the birth of the idea of freedom in Greece and the story of the world's first democracy; the status and meaning of freedom in both the Roman Republic and the Empire; the role of Christianity in that flowering of freedom, and the Christian view of the true meaning of human liberation; the debates about freedom that informed the framing and ratification of the United States Constitution; its awful testing on the battlefields of the Civil War; the struggles of free peoples against domestic injustices and foreign dictatorships during the 20th century; and the questions about freedom we still face today.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses

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Conservative and vain

Was genau hätte man an A History of Freedom noch verbessern können?

I would have loved a more sceptical approach. Fears describes every achievement in the history of freedom like a piling-up of ever more trophies for the winning team (which turns out to be, small wonder, the USA). Obviously, he believes in god, so he doesn't question god as the "author" of natural law. "Human nature doesn't change" – this he says actually quite often, which tells that he doesn't question most of the things he's been taught. Luscious descriptions of battles and clashes are entertaining, but have nothing to do with freedom. His ignorance of anything outside makes him commit blunders like naming "Nicolay Lenin" (correct: Wladimir Iljitch); his struggles at pronouncing Stalin's original name "Dshugashwili" may be forgiven.
Whoever, like me, wants something a bit sociological or even philosophical, should avoid this audiobook at all costs. It's policy, and the economy. Stupid.

Was werden Sie wohl als nächstes hören?

Probably a classic, like the Aeneid.

Wie hat Ihnen Professor Rufus J. Fears als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

He has a nice voice, but like most people telling rubbish he repeats things he esteems to be of meaning, he repeats these things (like this). This may fit a politician or an outback pastor; I find it inappropriate for a professor.

Welche Figur würden Sie in A History of Freedom weglassen?

The author.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

I don't know what Americans are taught as "history", but this is rock-bottom level in respect of critical thinking and broad perspective. It's a eulogy to the USA and its freedoms and why it won't get any better than this and everybody should be grateful (inside) and envious (outside).

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