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    How do historians create their histories? What role do the historian's viewpoint and method play in what we accept as truth? Answer these and other questions as you go inside the minds of our greatest historians and explore the idea of written history as it has shaped humanity's story over 2,000 years.

    These 24 intriguing lectures introduce you to the seminal thinking of historians such as: Herodotus, considered by many the first history writer, who replaced the poetic imagination of Homer with istorieis, or inquiry; Livy, the author of a 142-volume didactic history of Rome that spanned three continents and seven centuries; David Hume, who framed English history with an evolutionary vision of economic, political, and intellectual freedom; and Edward Gibbon, whose monumental Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire forged a complex picture of epic collapse and decay.

    From the dramatic and military exploits of Xenophon and Thucydides in ancient Greece to Macaulay's dynamic career in the 19th century, from the bloody era of Christian Reformation to the revolutions of the Enlightenment, Professor Guelzo takes you into the trenches with great minds throughout history.

    And beneath the surface of written history, you'll examine the processes that create accepted views of historical events, and you'll uncover the ways in which understanding how history is written is crucial to understanding historical events themselves. The journey rewards you with an unforgettable insight into our human heritage and the chance to look with discerning eyes at human events in their deeper meanings.

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

    ©2008 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2008 The Great Courses

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    Die Geschichte der Geschichte

    Ein äußerst unterhaltsames Buch für alle, die Geschichte kennen und lieben. Professor Guelzo präsentiert sehr unterhaltsam und mit einer Prise Unernst die Entstehung der Geschichtswissenschaft. Da er auch sehr gut theologisch gebildet ist und sich nicht scheut, auch Karl Marx und Sigmund Freud ihrer neuen Betrachtungsweisen wegen in den Kreis der Geschichtsväter aufzunehmen (erst im 20. Jahrhundert ist sein Blickwinkel Amerika-lastig), ist jeder der ca. halbstündigen Vorträge ein das Nachdenken anregender Genuss.

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    An idiosycratic choice of topics

    The title in a strict sense fits only the 1st third of the book. Here Prof. Guelzo speaks about the historians of the antiquity. In the later parts its more about influences from christianity, philosophy and ideology on the business of history writing. In itself always very interesting and surely worth listening but you must be in the mood to stray from the stated topic
    About his style to read his lessons, in the start I thought: "Oh, that´s too much pathos!" In the end I must admit I might miss the pathos in other lecturers.