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 pre-WW2 portion.
korieds via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/23/13
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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
Thanks very much for making these lectures available, I learnt a lot about the modern history of France from an interesting and engaging lecturer :)
Gwan57 via Apple Podcasts · France · 09/07/10
This Merriman character is a poster boy for anyone wanting to discredit the quality of the Yale history department. I have tried, believe me I've tried, to listen to these lectures, but it's simply nauseating. It's anecdotal at best ... nothing of substance here. The most damning comment I can...Read full review »
Tonton Michou via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/12/12
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