Fascinating course with minor technical issues
This is a fascinating course, based upon the instructor's book "An End to Alms." The course was given after the book was published, so the instructor addressed items brought up by readers. I'm not sure I agree with his conclusions about the possible causes of the Industrial Revolution, but he lays out an interesting case. So, what's wrong with the course? First, a few items in the course were taught in recitation sessions which weren't taped. Nothing essential, but still a bit annoying. Second, the instructor seems way too amused by his own witticisms. Finally, and most annoyingly, the videos aren't playable on my iPod Classic. However, there are free programs that will convert them to a format that is viewable. Once the videos were converted, I easily imported them into my iTunes library. But all of that still leaves the course at four stars.
ProgFred via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/26/11
More reviews of World Economic History before the Industrial Revolution, Spring 2009
Finding a free university class on Malthusian economics is awesome and hilarious. One cannot even find a sincere class on Marxist economics, and Malthus is even more out of vogue. World history filtered through Malthusianism is bizarre. The class could have been titled IN PRAISE OF THE...Read full review »
Josh46784425689 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/13
Words cannot express how interesting this course is. Even if you've read _A Farewell to Alms_, Clark does an incredible job of expressing the essence of each of his arguments, along with providing both new information that he's learned since the book was written, and details on how each piece of...Read full review »
Maynard Handley via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/03/11
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