Only 24 lectures? I want more! This is no dry, chronological recitation of events. This is a passionate, detailed and personal account of French history and culture. Some reviewers object to his political point of view. One of the things I love about France is that it is not a social faux pas to admit to having a political opinion. And it is nice to hear someone with a “far left” perspective, although he did not seem so far left to me. There are conservative historians out there. Alistair Horne, for example, who has been called “George Bush’s favorite historian” has written numerous books on French history. Inspired by this class, I just started reading Merriman’s book on the Paris Commune. Vive la France! Vive la commune!
Yote Escucho via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/18/15
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Anecdotal and idiosyncratic. Difficult to listen to. The video did not show the slides which detracted from the series. Should have been much better as the professor is passionate & knowledgeable but came across as story telling.
docbart via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/10/10
Absolutely fantastic. As a professor who has taught some of this material myself, I am humbled by the depth of Merriman’s knowledge, by his stylish, adroit presentation of the information in such a way that none of its poignance and drama is lost, and by his delivery, which manages to be both...Read full review »
smcellis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/23/14
The other criticisms here have merit; he injects an unnecessary strong political bias into the lectures as well as relying too much on personal experience. However, there isn't much in the way of alternatives on iTunes U and I still found the lectures entertaining and informative, especially the...Read full review »
korieds via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/13
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