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Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal - Building St. Peter's Audiobook

Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal - Building St. Peter's

Author: R.A. Scotti Narrator: Josephine Bailey Release Date: June 2006

It was the splendor---and the scandal---of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe---the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave---to build a better basilica. Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age---Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms---the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time. In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.

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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus Audiobook

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

Author: Lawrence Durrell Narrator: Andrews Sachs Release Date: May 2006

Atmospheric travelogue based in 1950s Cyprus, depicts a memorable picture of village life, and is a social and historical document of a lost community.

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The War of 1812 Audiobook

The War of 1812

Author: Jefffrey Rogers Hummel, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel Narrator: George C. Scott Release Date: April 2006

The United States emerged from the American Revolution still entangled in old world politics. In particular, America faced all the trade restrictions of the British Navigation Acts. The result: in 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain, and proceeded to invade Canada, one of Britain’s possessions. But the invasion failed. In the war that ensued, British troops entered Washington, D.C. and burned the White House to the ground. The peace treaty of 1814 established the border between the United States and Canada – the longest mutually disarmed border in the world. Some historians have called the War of 1812 “America’s most unpopular war.” America – born from a commitment to liberty and equality – seemed to betray its heritage. The War of 1812 relied on conscription, a soaring tariff, and war taxes. Before the war, the national debt had been cut in half to $45 million; now it rose to $127 million. Moreover, the War of 1812 had an ominous impact; a single political party assumed almost unchallenged power. Other historians have observed that America fought Britain – the world’s foremost commercial and military power – to a negotiated settlement. This, they claim, meant that America had won the war.

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Central Europe Audiobook

Central Europe

Author: Ralph Racio Narrator: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet Release Date: April 2006

Central Europe’s ancient civilizations have long been dominated by empires: The Roman Empire, the Habsburg Empire (based in Austria) and more recently, the Soviet Communist. But the decline of communism in the late twentieth century has unleashed old resentments, rivalries, and ambitions that have caused yet more war in this troubled region.

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The Mediterranean Basin Audiobook

The Mediterranean Basin

Author: Ralph Racio Narrator: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet Release Date: March 2006

The lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea contain some of the oldest cultures on Earth. Italy and the other countries of Europe and North Africa have played a central role in various expanding empires –and also in shrinking fortunes. This presentation explores the broad sweep of history in one of the cradles of civilization.

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Stoics and Epicureans Audiobook

Stoics and Epicureans

Author: Professor Daryl Hale Narrator: Lynn Redgrave Release Date: March 2006

The Stoics and Epicureans date from the Hellenistic period (ca. 323 BC - 31 BC), and both schools were heavily influenced by the philosophy of Socrates. The Epicurean mission was to live virtuously in a wicked world. They advocated a simple, quiet, reclusive, sensible life of moderation among friends, avoiding extravagant worldly attractions and bringing no trouble on others. A wise person was one who exhibits rational self-control, subordinating excessive impulses and emotion-laden desires to the law of reason. The Epicureans were suspicious of overly artful or sophisticated intellectual debates; they preferred ordinary language and relied only on sense impressions to establish what we perceive or know. The Epicureans sought a life of pleasure -- that is, minimal pain and maximum peace of mind -- by rejecting external goods and pursuing true and lasting internal qualities such as justice, honor, and wisdom. Epicurus said there are four basic truths: (1) there are no divine beings to threaten us; (2) there is no next life; (3) the little we actually need is easy to get; and (4) what makes us suffer is easy to put up with. For the Stoics, logos was seen as the rational order of all things, as reflected in the three areas of philosophy: logic (knowledge, grammar, rhetoric, semantics), physics (cosmology, biology, geography, causality, psychology, theology), and ethics (the goals, proper functions, moral responsibility, and virtue of human character). Human virtue was seen as the highest pattern of a life that accords with universal nature. The early Stoics (Zeno, Cleanthes, Chrysippus) were brilliant practitioners of paradox and dialectic (i.e. debates involving fine logical distinctions); their ideal was the sage, who could refute or trump all others. The later Stoics (Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius) emphasized the ideal of a model virtuous citizen, who fulfills his or her highest nature (which for humans is reason). We humans are, in turn, a part of universal reason -- the logos, the rational order of all things.

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Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power Audiobook

Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power

Author: Niall Ferguson Narrator: Sean Barrett Release Date: March 2006

The British Empire was the largest in all history: the nearest thing to global domination ever achieved. The world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's age of empire. The global spread of capitalism, telecommunications, the English language, and the institutions of representative government-all these can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the seventeenth century until the mid-twentieth. On a vast and vividly colored canvas, Empire shows how the British Empire acted as midwife to modernity.Displaying the originality and rigor that have made him the brightest light among British historians, Ferguson shows that far from being a subject for nostalgia, the story of the Empire is pregnant with lessons for the world today-in particular for the United States as it stands on the brink of a new kind of imperial power. A dazzling tour de force, Empire is a remarkable reappraisal of the prizes and pitfalls of global empire.

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Epochs of European Civilization: Reformation to the Twenty-First Century Audiobook

Epochs of European Civilization: Reformation to the Twenty-First Century

Author: Geoffrey Hosking, Professor Geoffrey Hosking Narrator: Henry Strozier Release Date: March 2006

The period stretching from the Reformation to the twenty-first century proved a time of radical change for Europe-and with the continent's far-reaching influence, for the entire world as well. This course provides a greater understanding of the role played by such influential figures as Luther, Calvin, Napoleon, and Stalin, among others. Further, the importance of this epoch in European history is expounded upon in an analysis that will shed new light on the present and the future of global politics. ** Please contact Customer Service for additional content.

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Russia and the Soviet Union Audiobook

Russia and the Soviet Union

Author: Ralph Racio Narrator: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet Release Date: February 2006

Recent events have made it clear that the Soviet Union is not a monolith; it's a collection of nationalities, many with serious objections to union. The demise of communism holds great promise and great danger not only for the Soviets, but for the world. These tapes examine how the region's long history led to modern reality.

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Reflections on the Revolution in France/Rights of Man Audiobook

Reflections on the Revolution in France/Rights of Man

Author: George H. Smith Narrator: Craig Deitschman, Craig Deitschmann Release Date: February 2006

Reflections on the Revolution in France is a slashing attack on the French Revolution by one of Britain's most famous statesmen. Liberty and social order, Burke argues, are maintained by the traditional rights and duties embedded in custom and law. And when these traditions are overthrown in revolutions, society is threatened with chaos, bloodshed and despotism. Rights of Man - Thomas Paine believed the French Revolution was based on the same principles as the American Revolution: natural rights, an implied "social contract", and the right of revolution against oppressive governments. Paine, unlike Burke, sees government as the primary threat to social order. He has little regard for traditional institutions, if those institutions are oppressive and unjust.

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Poland Audiobook

Poland

Author: Victoria Varga Narrator: Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet Release Date: February 2006

The breakdown of Europe's Eastern Bloc proves that the map of Europe cannot be redrawn merely to serve political ends. Perhaps no country illustrates this more clearly than Poland, whose borders often have been a negotiating tool of the Big Powers. These cassettes enlighten our understanding of the current drama in Eastern Europe.

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Medieval Science Audiobook

Medieval Science

Author: Professor John T. Sanders Narrator: Edwin Newman Release Date: February 2006

After Rome fell in the 5th century A.D., Europe endured a long drought of ideas. The Middle Ages were a time when spiritual, other-worldly concerns dominated intellectual life; study of the natural world was directed toward moral and religious truth. The works of Aristotle and Plato were almost entirely lost (and often purposefully destroyed) during the Dark Ages (455 - 1000 A.D.). The library and museum at Alexandria, a major repository of learning, was destroyed. Only in the Muslim world of Arabia and Spain, and in some Christian monasteries, was worldly learning preserved to any extent at all. Influences from China, India, and Persia shaped many of the new scientific developments that did occur. Alchemists, the forerunners of modern chemists, were influenced by Neoplatonist views about the close relationship between appearance and reality; they sought to change metals by changing their color. Many natural events were mysterious; magic or superstition were common, and there was a great overlap between the natural and the supernatural. After 1000 A.D., translations of great works were increasingly available, and craft associations evolved into universities. Most educated people were clergy, and they worked to justify their faith with the new learning. With the development of printing in 1452 and the increasing dispersion of knowledge, a foundation was being laid for a scientific breakthrough - in the Renaissance.

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