A video instructional series on Western civilization for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video programs and coordinated books
Now on DVD
Covering the ancient world through the age of technology, this illustrated lecture by Eugen Weber presents a tapestry of political and social events woven with many strands — religion, industry, agriculture, demography, government, economics, and art. A visual feast of over 2,700 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art portrays key events that shaped the development of Western thought, culture, and tradition. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.
Produced by WGBH Boston. 1989.
21. Common Life in the Middle Ages
Famine, disease, and short life expectancies were the conditions that shaped medieval beliefs.
22. Cities and Cathedrals of the Middle Ages
The great churches embodied the material and spiritual ambitions of the age.
23. The Late Middle Ages
Two hundred years of war and plague debilitated Europe.
24. The National Monarchies
A new urban middle class emerged, while dynastic marriages established centralized monarchies.
25. The Renaissance and the Age of Discovery
Renaissance humanists made man \"the measure of all things.\" Europe was possessed by a new passion for knowledge.
26. The Renaissance and the New World
The discovery of America challenged Europe.