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Professor Patrick N. Allitt, Ph.D.

Professor Patrick N. Allitt
  • Emory University
  • University of California, Berkeley
Nostalgia is the enemy of history. 'Downton Abbey' is great fun but it's not history. If seeing or reading something historical makes you feel warm and cosy, it's probably very inaccurate.

Dr. Patrick N. Allitt is Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, where he has taught since 1988. The holder of a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Allitt-an Oxford University graduate-has also taught American religious history at Harvard Divinity School, where he was a Henry Luce Postdoctoral Fellow. He was the Director of Emory College's Center for Teaching and Curriculum from 2004 to 2009, where he looked for ways to improve teaching. In this critical administrative position, he led workshops on a wide variety of teaching-related problems, visited dozens of other professors' classes, and provided one-on-one consultation to teachers to help them overcome particular pedagogical problems. Professor Allitt was honored with Emory's Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2000 was appointed to the N.E.H./Arthur Blank Professorship of Teaching in the Humanities. A widely published and award-winning author, Professor Allitt has written several books, including The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities throughout American History; Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950-1985; Catholic Converts: British and American Intellectuals Turn to Rome; and Religion in America since 1945: A History. He is also author of I'm the Teacher, You're the Student: A Semester in the University Classroom, a memoir about one semester in his life as a university professor. In addition, he is the editor of Major Problems in American Religious History. He has written numerous articles and reviews for academic and popular journals, including The New York Times Book Review.

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71 Courses and Sets

  1. History of the United States, 2nd Edition Sale

    History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $550.00 Starting at $109.95 $199.95 $109.95$199.95
    This sweeping, 84-lecture series features three award-winning professors sharing their insights into this nation's past in their own areas of special interest, from European settlement and the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, world wars, and today's outlook. You will gain a lucid picture of the factors that enabled the United States to become the largest, wealthiest, and most...
  2. Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

    Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Learn how to reach astounding new levels of success as a teacher with The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator. These 24 lectures, delivered by award-winning Professor Patrick N. Allitt, will help you develop and enhance your teaching style; provide you with invaluable methods, tools, and advice for handling all manner of teaching scenarios; and open your eyes to how other teachers—and their...
  3. The Industrial Revolution

    The Industrial Revolution

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Starting at $219.95 Starting at $219.95 $384.95 $219.95$384.95
    We owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian to examine the extraordinary events and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible era. In 36 fascinating lectures, Professor Allitt introduces you to the inventors, businessmen, and workers responsible for transforming our lives and fueling one of the greatest periods of innovation in human history.
  4. Rise and Fall of the British Empire Sale

    Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    Explore the Tudor-Stuart era: a captivating examination of the 229-year period from 1485–1714 during which England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called the first modern society. In making that transformation, England became the wealthiest and most powerful nation on Earth. Award-winning Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University of Chicago presents a sweeping, 48-lecture course...
  5. American Religious History

    American Religious History

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $179.95 $129.95$179.95
    Join historian Professor Patrick N. Allitt in exploring the vital and diverse story of religious life in America from the first European contacts to the late 20th century. Examine religion not only as a set of formal beliefs, ideas, communal or institutional loyalties, and styles of worship, but also as an influence on life "beyond the pews."
  6. The Conservative Tradition

    The Conservative Tradition

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Discover just how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining our political tradition and shaping the modern West with The Conservative Tradition. Award-winning Professor Patrick N. Allitt guides you on a detailed exploration of Conservatism's lineage, principles, key figures, and impact on history. No matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum, these 36 lectures will undoubtedly cause you to...
  7. Victorian Britain Sale

    Victorian Britain

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    Discover the facts and foibles of the paradoxical Britons under the reign of Queen Victoria, as Britain became the world’s pioneer in industrialization that transformed social classes and created both immense wealth and squalor. This colonial empire, based on technical superiority and widespread belief in Anglo-Saxon racial supremacy, made Britain the most powerful nation in the world and left behind an indelible...
  8. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  9. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  10. American Identity

    American Identity

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $249.95 $249.95$249.95
    Historian Patrick N. Allitt investigates the national character by introducing you to notable Americans from Thomas Jefferson to Al Capone, whose lives speak eloquently about qualities that make one truly American. While the course is enjoyable simply as a well-told series of biographies, it does much more, helping you gain a deeper understanding of the trends and ideas that shaped America.
  11. (Set) History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts & Victorian Britain  Set

    (Set) History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts & Victorian Britain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Take an unforgettable tour of two captivating periods in British—and modern—history. The History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts details the changing social, economic, and political structures that unfolded during the reign of the Tudor and Stuart families. Victorian Britain demonstrates how Queen Victoria's iconic rule indelibly affected British life and culture and forever altered the course...
  12. (Set) The Art of Conflict Management & Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator Set

    (Set) The Art of Conflict Management & Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  13. (Set) Conservative Tradition & Thinking about Capitalism  Set

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & Thinking about Capitalism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Gain new insights into two pervasive and powerful political and economic traditions with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging professors. First, discover just how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining our political tradition and shaping the modern West with The Conservative Tradition. Then, in Thinking about Capitalism, explore the wealth of perspectives on this pervasive economic force...
  14. (Set) London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World & Rise and Fall of the British Empire  Set

    (Set) London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World & Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    This captivating two-course set is your guide to the grand story of the British Empire and the capital city from which it was born. London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World reveals everything you need to know about the riveting history behind this magnificent metropolis. The Rise and Fall of the British Empire leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, and diminishment...
  15. (Set) The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Critical Decision Making  Set

    (Set) The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Critical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  16. (Set) Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Get a richly detailed picture of the American Revolution: the landmark conflict between a group of colonists and the most powerful empire of the 18th century. In Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution, learn how the inspirational ideas of liberty were forged in the minds of those affected by the war. Then, get a comprehensive guide to the people, moments, and themes that comprise our nation's fascinating...
  17. (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies  Set

    (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Explore the dramatic history of the British Empire and experience life in its American colonies with this engaging two-course set. In The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, gain fresh insights into what made the British Empire such a defining force in modern Western history. And in Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies, deepen your appreciation of the formative era before the birth of the United States by...
  18. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity; A Brief History of the World; & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity; A Brief History of the World; & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.85 Starting at $849.85 $1,644.85 $849.85$1,644.85
    Master the epic scope of three levels of human history with these three courses that are comprehensive and—more important—easily accessible ways to learn about thousands of years of history. First, explore the monumental history of everything—from the beginning of the universe to the modern day—with Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity. Then, capture the "big...
  19. (Set) Tocqueville and the American Experiment & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Tocqueville and the American Experiment & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Get a comprehensive guide to the profound origins of our great nation. In Tocqueville and the American Experiment, explore Alexis de Tocqueville's unique observations on our young nation that resulted in his two volumes of Democracy in America. Then, place Tocqueville's observations in the larger scope of American history in the encyclopedic survey course The History of the United States, 2nd Edition.
  20. (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Survey the fascinating history of the greatest nation in the Western world with this two-course set that offers you a variety of perspectives on the story of the United States. Start with Great American Bestsellers: The Books that Shaped America, a pointed 24-lecture tour of what key best-selling works in the history of U.S. literature reveal about the cultural climate of the nation at particular points in its...
  21. (Set) America and the World & The History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) America and the World & The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Add layers of insight to your understanding of our nation's vibrant political, social, economic, and cultural history. In America and the World: A Diplomatic History, use the lens of foreign policy to see how American shifted from the periphery of international politics to its very center. In the 84 lectures of The History of the United States, 2nd Edition, survey the ideas, people, events, and inventions that...
  22. (Set)  How We Learn & Art of Teaching Set

    (Set) How We Learn & Art of Teaching

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  23. (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of the United States  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Western Civilization & History of the United States

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Place vast sweeps of human history into coherent and fascinating frameworks. In Foundations of Western Civilization, discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of Western civilization, from its origins to the dawn of the modern world. Then, strengthen your understanding of America's riveting history with The History of the United States, 2nd Edition.
  24. (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & Victorian Britain  Set on sale

    (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & Victorian Britain

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Save up to $571.00 Starting at $88.90 $178.90 $88.90$178.90
    Follow the fascinating story of the British Empire in this two-course set that takes you deep inside the historical era when Great Britain dominated the world stage. In the 36 lectures of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, explore 400 years of British power, innovation, and diminishment that literally remade the world. Then, in Victorian Britain, examine virtually every aspect of life as it was lived during...
  25. (Set) History of Christianity in Reformation Era/American Religious History  Set

    (Set) History of Christianity in Reformation Era/American Religious History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  26. (Set) Conservative Tradition & Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution  Set on sale

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $477.00 Starting at $53.90 $97.90 $53.90$97.90
    Explore the philosophical side of American politics with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging professors. In The Conservative Tradition, award-winning Professor Patrick N. Allitt guides you on a detailed exploration of Conservatism's lineage, principles, key figures, and impact on history. And in The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution, Professor Thomas L. Pangle details...
  27. (Set) American Religious History & A History of Freedom  Set

    (Set) American Religious History & A History of Freedom

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  28. (Set) Art of Teaching & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving   Set

    (Set) Art of Teaching & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Enhance your teaching and problem-solving skills with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging instructors and award-winning professors. First, learn how to reach astounding new levels of success as a teacher with the methods, tools, and advice in The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator. Then, discover strategies, tactics, and tips for overcoming mathematical obstacles in fields such as...
  29. (Set) American Identity & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) American Identity & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Strengthen your appreciation of what it means to be an American in both The American Identity—which introduces you to notable figures in U.S. history and their impact on our nation's character—and The History of the United States, 2nd Edition, which investigates the people and events that enabled the United States to become the most powerful democratic republic in history.
  30. (Set) Victorian Britain/Europe and Western Civ. in the Modern Age Set

    (Set) Victorian Britain/Europe and Western Civ. in the Modern Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $629.90 $449.90$629.90