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Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett, Ph.D.

Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Toronto
In short, and in almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences of those experiments for the rest of your life.

Dr. Kenneth R. Bartlett is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, where he earned his Ph.D. and has taught for the past 30 years. A distinguished teacher, Professor Bartlett has received numerous teaching awards and honors. These include the 3M Teaching Fellowship-awarded by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education-and the inaugural President's Teaching Award from the University of Toronto. He also received the Victoria University Excellence in Teaching Award, the Students' Administration Council/American Public University System Teaching Award, and the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teacher Award. Professor Bartlett was also a finalist in TV Ontario's Best Lecturer Competition, in which students' favorite instructors competed against one another in lecturing charisma, clarity, passion, and conviction. An expert in European culture, Professor Bartlett is the author of The English in Italy, 1525-1558: A Study in Culture and Politics and The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance, and the coauthor of Humanism and the Northern Renaissance. He is also the coeditor or translator of four other books and the author of more than 35 articles and book chapters on European history and culture.

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30 Courses and Sets

  1. The Guide to Essential Italy Sale

    The Guide to Essential Italy

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Save up to $270.00 Starting at $99.95 $114.95 $99.95$114.95
    Italy is the quintessential location for anyone interested in art, culture, and history. In collaboration with the Smithsonian, we bring you the exceptional gems and daily life of Italy’s past and present in a visually stunning tour. Explore Rome, Florence, and Venice—and take side trips to Pompeii, Perugia, and more. Visit important monuments, witness artistic masterpieces, and immerse yourself in Italian...
  2. The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Travel through time to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities in Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett’s The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe. In 24 lectures that use extensive location footage, you’ll discover the sights, sounds, and smells of teeming markets and mercantile centers, royal feasts and ritual, dramatic military engagements, magnificent religious pageantry, and the...
  3. Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean Sale

    Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $29.95 $49.95 $29.95$49.95
    Esteemed Italian history professor Kenneth R. Bartlett takes you on a riveting tour of the Italian peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome. You will learn the mosaic of histories and culture that make up this dynamic nation-how the independent states competed on the battlefield, in the marketplace, and in the world of artistic expression.
  4. Italian Renaissance

    Italian Renaissance

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    When you think of the Italian Renaissance, chances are you think of all that it gave us: the sculptures of Michelangelo. The paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. The writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But have you ever wondered why there was such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy, beginning in the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy and not some other part of Europe? Why did it happen...
  5. Development of European Civilization Sale

    Development of European Civilization

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Save up to $390.00 Starting at $64.95 $129.95 $64.95$129.95
    Survey the remarkable development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II with The Development of European Civilization. In Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett's 48 lectures, you'll learn the major ideologies that emerged from centuries of debate and conflict; the forces that intermingled to create a range of economic and social revolutions; groundbreaking European ideas about government,...
  6. (Set) Italians before Italy & Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Italians before Italy & Italian Renaissance

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  7. (Set) The Italian Renaissance & The Early Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) The Italian Renaissance & The Early Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Experience two monumental periods in the history of Western civilization with this thrilling two-course set. In The Early Middle Ages, focus on the often misunderstood age between A.D. 300 and A.D. 1000, when ancient Rome had fallen and Europe had seemingly vanished into ignorance and shadow. In The Italian Renaissance, travel back to the moment in history when culture reached a vibrant and formative peak that still...
  8. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest  Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    In The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe, you’ll experience the wonders of the medieval world that are still tucked away in Europe. Peer inside the remarkable places where history unfolded without ever leaving your house! Next, dive into The Story of Medieval England and gain a deep understanding of medieval England, its rules and subjects, and their significance for the world we live in today.
  9. (Set) War, Peace, and Power & Development of European Civilization  Set

    (Set) War, Peace, and Power & Development of European Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  10. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Rise and Fall of the British Empire  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Join two masterful historians on a fascinating exploration of European civilization and one of its greatest empires in this two-course set. First, survey the remarkable development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II with The Development of European Civilization. Then, examine four centuries of British power, innovation, and diminishment—an era that literally remade the...
  11. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Unearth the foundations of your world with this engaging two-course set on the nature of the Western world. First, follow the true story of how Europe evolved over the course of 600 fascinating years in The Development of European Civilization. Then, ground your understanding of Europe within the larger scope of the early Western world with the highly popular The Foundations of Western Civilization.
  12. (Set)  The Development of European Civilization & The Medieval Set

    (Set) The Development of European Civilization & The Medieval

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  13. (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
  14. (Set)  Great Tours: Medieval Europe & Art of Travel Photograph Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Medieval Europe & Art of Travel Photograph

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
  15. (Set) Understanding the History of the World  Set

    (Set) Understanding the History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $949.80 Starting at $949.80 $1,934.80 $949.80$1,934.80
    Travel back in time to get a comprehensive, international perspective with the four rewarding courses in the Understanding the History of the World set. Start with Ancient Civilizations to get the full context of where our cultures were born and established. Then travel to the Medieval World and see the Development of European Civilizations, followed by Turning Points in American History.
  16. (Set)  The Development of European Civilization & A History of Set

    (Set) The Development of European Civilization & A History of

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  17. (Set) Italian Renaissance/World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Italian Renaissance/World of Byzantium

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  18. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    The great cultures of the past still live, tucked away in tiny villages in Europe and by the Aegean Sea. Take an unforgettable journey with this set of two Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe and Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul. Extraordinary natural wonders and beautifully preserved historical buildings await your discovery.
  19. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Travel back in time and witness the birth and growth of both medieval England and the entire continent of Europe in this historically rich two-course set. In The Development of European Civilization, survey the history of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the dawn of World War II. And in The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest, discover how—in the midst of war and political...
  20. (Set) Italian Renaissance & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance  Set on sale

    (Set) Italian Renaissance & Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $571.00 Starting at $178.90 $178.90 $178.90$178.90
  21. (Set)  Great Tours: Medieval Europe & The Cathedral Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Medieval Europe & The Cathedral

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Tour the cities and towns of medieval Europe and witness the beauty of places frozen in time. Marvel at the grand architectural wonders of the cathedral and discover how people without modern technology were able to build such impressive structures.
  22. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Big History  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  23. (Set) Italian Renaissance & Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations  Set

    (Set) Italian Renaissance & Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  24. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Travel through time to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities in The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe. Evocative location footage will make you feel as through you’re experiencing the sights and sounds in person! Then, don your armor for The Medieval World and see the Middle Ages from the fascinating perspectives of those who lived in that era.
  25. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Turning Points in American History  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  26. (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe  Set

    (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
    When you visit beautiful places like Palermo, Prague, and Avignon, it’s as though you’ve stepped through time. Gain a deep understanding of these and other remarkable locations in Experiencing Medieval Europe. Paired with The Art of Travel Photography, you’ll be prepared to have a dazzling slideshow your friends will clamor to see.
  27. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,619.65 Starting at $2,619.65 $2,619.65 $2,619.65$2,619.65
    In this engrossing seven-course set, explore some of the world's greatest cities, countries, and civilizations—all from the comfort of your own home. Journey back to the cultural wonders of 14th- and 15th-century Italy with The Italian Renaissance and The Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. Then survey the fascinating histories of four great civilizations with Ancient Greek Civilization, The History of...
  28. (Set) The World’s Greatest Churches & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe Set on sale

    (Set) The World’s Greatest Churches & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $391.00 Starting at $115.90 $133.90 $115.90$133.90
    Travel back in time and view magnificent sites in this two-course set. First, travel through beautiful cities that appear to be frozen in time in Experiencing Medieval Europe. Then, turn your attention to the different houses of worship that Christians have used throughout history.
  29. (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe Set

    (Set) The Guide to Essential Italy & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Tucked away within the romantic landscapes of Europe, a remarkable range of beautifully preserved cities and towns invites discovery, and this two-course set provides that journey. Experiencing Medieval Europe takes you through some of the world’s great cultural travel experiences using a historical lens. The Guide to Essential Italy gives you an unprecedented view into this fascinating country, rich with history.
  30. (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages Set

    (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,774.55 Starting at $2,774.55 $2,774.55 $2,774.55$2,774.55
    Take an extraordinary historical journey with this nine-course set, providing an in-depth look at European cultures from the period of the Vikings through the Crusades, and into the late Middle Ages. No matter how much you think you know about European history, this set will introduce you to new people, events, and ideas. A must have for any history buff.