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  • The Foundations of Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas F. X. Noble, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. X. Noble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
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What is Western Civilization? According to Professor Noble, it is "much more than human and political geography," encompassing myriad forms of political and institutional structures - from monarchies to participatory republics - and its own traditions of political discourse. It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good.

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  • History for the Non-Historian

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-01-2014

History for the Non-Historian

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Reviewed: 22-01-2014

If you could sum up The Foundations of Western Civilization in three words, what would they be?

History for the Non-Historian

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really applicable, but my favourite characters are all the players involved in the rise and fall of the Roman Republic.

What about Professor Thomas F. X. Noble’s performance did you like?

Wonderful, compelling speaker who is able to convey his knowledge and passion of all that he speaks about.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really laugh or cry, but definitely engaged. I listened mostly in the car, and would drive the long way to work and home to fit in more listening time.

Any additional comments?

The preparation of the material is to be commended - it would have been no small task to condense thousands of years into this course, and I think he struck the perfect balance between history/culture/people/wars. I really loved the emphasis on important philosophers and poets, of which I know very little.

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