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The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy

Durée : 12 h et 2 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, American
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Our understanding of the American West has moved far beyond pop culture in recent years. The legendary people and events we associate with the Wild West - the last stand at the Alamo, the Battle of Little Bighorn, the exploits of Calamity Jane, the hardships of the Oregon Trail - are even more fascinating once the historical realities have been separated from the myths.

Designed to shine a light on the American frontier, these 24 lectures are a way for you to experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in American history. Professor Allitt uncovers new historical angles and perspectives about events and themes ranging from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Indian Removal Act to the creation America's first national parks.

You'll cover more than 200 years of history and the most important events, themes, and ideas that form the backbone of the frontier's reality - and legend. Among these: the Transcontinental Railroad, the idea of Manifest Destiny, the Gold Rush, the Trail of Tears, and (yes) cowboys. You'll also learn how popular culture - novels like Little House on the Prairie, paintings by artists like Frederic Remington, and decades of Western films - can actually clue us in to the intimate details of life for everyday men and women.

Saddle up for an exciting adventure in learning.

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  • Mark
  • 09/09/2017

Great Professor, Great Course

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I bought this course because I had listened to and enjoyed others by Professor Allitt. I'm glad I did, for once again he has delivered an engaging and informative series of lectures. Professor Allitt offers listeners a broad historical perspective on the opening of the American West, clearly explaining the context and significance of each topic he covers. What I liked most, though, were the details, anecdotes and stories he used to evoke the flavour of this period. It's important to learn, for example, how the gold rush contributed to the evolution of California as a state, but hearing the specifics of how the gold was mined, of the dangerous technology and toxins that were used, helped me visualize the harsh lives of the miners.

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 04/10/2017

The wild wooly west comes to life

these lectures give a new meaning to the Wild West. from Lewis and Clark, Old Kentucky Home, Bloody Kansas, Trail of Tears, Little Big Horn, Mormon pioneers, Gold Rush days, John Wesley Powell. I learned many things I did not know living in the West. I enjoyed these lectures and plan on reading some of the books The Professor suggest. the professor might be an Englishman but he knows his stuff about the West. I live in Utah and many of the things he said are true.

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  • Cindy
  • 09/11/2017

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This was my first Great Courses listen and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well written and well read. I it won't be my last.

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  • Banacek
  • 08/09/2018

Another interesting course by Patrick Allitt

I've always enjoyed the courses by Patrick Allitt, and this one is no exception. He has a way of making a subject interesting by presenting it in a manner which shows how one thing (an idea, attitude, belief, action, etc.) logically leads to the resulting actions and consequences which make up history. Everything logically flows together and makes sense. You realize not just what happened, but also how and why it happened, and it all makes sense - almost as if it couldn't have been otherwise.

As a transplant from Britain, he isn't prejudiced by having grown up with the American concept of American history, yet he understands that concept and can explain & present it from the point of view of a neutral observer. Plus, I like his accent. The one thing I did find somewhat annoying, however, was his mispronunciation of place names, which could easily have been avoided with a bit of research. The most glaring (and oft-repeated) example is his mispronunciation of "Los Angeles" as "Los Angeleeze". That annoyance aside, however, I found this to be a very engaging and interesting course.

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  • Keven A. Gambold
  • 24/10/2017

Enlighten ing

very worthwhile and has got me wanting to know
much more about the diverse topics covered.

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  • Books and Toy
  • 06/11/2018

Fine broad overview - but not much meat

I loved a previous course from the presenter and while I am a fan of the American West and its history...I am by no means an expert. However, I was surprised by how much of this I was already aware of and, for the length of the course, how few "deep dives" this contained. I would recommend this to someone wanting to learn of the West with no previous exposure, but even someone with a high school-level of exposure will find this somewhat lacking beyond superficial coverage, dates and notables. After completion of this, I didn't totally feel like I really walked away with a deeper understanding of the mechanics of the west.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12/06/2019

Even handed

With a lot of historical entries into the Great Courses library you'll find many that are weighted by a bias sometimes forgiving other times not so much however this is the exception. Alongside being greatly informative the lectures have an even handed approach to the politics of the subject matter. It is less opinion oriented and more driven by what a historical lecture should be driven by the urge to inform. Furthermore it's all the more surprising to get such a clear and even view from one who is not native to the region or even the country truly he deserves applause.

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  • Edmundkw
  • 25/03/2019

Best great courses lecture of the series

Educational, entertaining, and evocative; it introduced me to a different world and it made me think.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/12/2018

What really happened in the West

Fantastic presentation, depth and analysis. Prof. Allitt is a good as any of Great Course presentors and his love of American West history comes through. I will be treating myself to this course again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/10/2018

Impressive

Balanced, thought-provoking, entertaining. Prof. Allitt includes many fascinating details previously unknown to this listener, who has studied western history—particularly legal history—for decades. Highly recommended.

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