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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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66 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 Sale

    Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

    Patrick N. Allitt
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    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. 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.
  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. 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.
  8. 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."
  9. 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...
  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) Conservative Tradition & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Join a team of award-winning professors on a pointed investigation of the ideas, events, and individuals who helped shape America in this two-course set. First, discover how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining and shaping our political tradition with The Conservative Tradition. Then, get a comprehensive guide to the individuals, moments, themes, and philosophies that comprise our nation's dramatic...
  12. World War II; The American Civ Set

    World War II; The American Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,679.65 Starting at $1,679.65 $1,679.65 $1,679.65$1,679.65
    Discover a range of thrilling new perspectives on American history with this engaging seven-course set. Foundations of Western Civilization II: The History of the Modern Western World is an engaging way to get a comprehensive grounding in the events, personalities, and themes that forged the modern world that America inhabits. Strengthen your understanding of our nation's riveting history in The History of the...
  13. (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator  Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Gain a wealth of insights into the art of public speaking and teaching with this two-course set delivered by engaging professors who are themselves masters of these practical crafts. First, enhance your public-speaking skills with time-tested techniques and strategies used by great orators in The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History. Then, develop and enhance your teaching style with...
  14. (Set) History of the United States & World War II  Set

    (Set) History of the United States & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Get the full grasp on U.S. history—the way you've always wanted to. The History of the United States, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive exploration of the individuals, moments, and ideas that shaped our great nation over its relatively short history. World War II: A Military and Social History takes you deep inside the greatest conflict of the 20th century, one in which the United States played a vital role.
  15. (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts  Set

    (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Explore two pivotal moments in the history of Great Britain in this engaging two-course set. In the 36 lectures of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, get a refreshing new understanding of what made the British Empire such a defining force in modern Western history. Then, survey the changing social, economic, religious, and political structures that unfolded while the Tudor family and the Stuart family...
  16. (Set)  Turning Points in Modern History & Fall of British Empi Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Modern History & Fall of British Empi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  17. (Set) Cycles of American Political Thought & The History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cycles of American Political Thought & The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    In Cycles of American Political Thought, learn how the actions and events of history have both affected and been influenced by out nation's underlying political philosophies. Then, use your newfound knowledge of American philosophy to strengthen your grasp of the people, events, and themes in our country's epic history with The History of the United States, 2nd Edition.
  18. (Set) Prime Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) Prime Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,779.60 Starting at $1,779.60 $2,104.60 $1,779.60$2,104.60
    In today's 21st-century marketplace, it pays to be an effective critical thinker; to have the specific knowledge and skills necessary for success in both the workplace and at home. With these Great Courses, you'll find information and strategies aimed at transforming you into a prime thinker. Make smarter, savvier decisions. Hone your reading and interpretation skills. Tap into the secret knowledge of how experts...
  19. (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Tap into the art and craft of great teaching and insightful reading with this two-course set delivered by award-winning professors. In The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator, develop and enhance your teaching style using invaluable methods, tools, and advice. In The Art of Reading, maximize your effectiveness as a reader with concepts and techniques that will make even the most daunting novel or...
  20. (Set) History of the United States, 2nd Edition & Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln  Set

    (Set) History of the United States, 2nd Edition & Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $949.90 $489.90$949.90
    Delve into the dramatic history of the United States of America with these two courses that capture the spirit of one of the greatest nations on Earth. The History of the United States, 2nd Edition is your guide to the men, women, moments, and themes that enabled America to become the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful democratic republic in history. And Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln is your...
  21. (Set) History of the United States, 2nd Edition & American Revolution  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Grasp our nation's vast and thrilling history with the aid of expert historians and award-winning professors. First, get a comprehensive grounding in the men, women, themes, ideas, and events of American history in History of the United States, 2nd Edition. Then, take a richly detailed look at the military mechanics of the landmark conflict that gave birth to the United States in The American Revolution.
  22. (Set) Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon & Rise and Fall of the British Empire  Set

    (Set) Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon & 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
    Learn about a seminal event in world history as well as an era in British history that changed not only the landscape of France and Great Britain, but also all of Western Europe and even beyond. In Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, you’ll see how the 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution and the Bourbon restoration led to permanent changes in politics, religion, and...
  23. (Set) American Mind & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Rediscover the vibrant and dramatic story of the United States of America with this two-course set delivered by a team of expert historians and professors. In The American Mind, delve into the ideas and beliefs that helped mold America's institutions and attitudes. And in The History of the United States, 2nd Edition, survey the men, women, moments, and themes that enabled the United States to become the largest,...
  24. (Set) Conservative Tradition & Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past  Set

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Take closer looks at Conservatism and the act of recording the past with this two-course set delivered by a pair of award-winning 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 Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past, go deep inside the minds of our greatest...
  25. (Set) History of the United States & American Civil War  Set on sale

    (Set) History of the United States & American Civil War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $975.00 Starting at $155.90 $294.90 $155.90$294.90
    Master our nation's history. The The History of the United States, 2nd Edition is your comprehensive guide to the men, women, moments, and themes that make up America's dramatic past. Then, unpack the experience of the American Civil War—from the front lines to the home fronts—in the richly detailed lectures of The American Civil War.
  26. (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Enhance and improve your strengths as a teacher and instructor with this two-course set on the craft of effective teaching and reasoning. First, learn how to reach astounding new levels of success as a teacher with The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator. Then, strengthen your ability to argue your views successfully and persuade others that what you think is right with Argumentation: The Study of...
  27. (Set) Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    This two-course set is an unrivaled opportunity to survey the entire dramatic history of the United States of America in the company of expert historians and award-winning professors. Deepen your appreciation of the formative era before the birth of America with Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies. Then, get a comprehensive guide to the men, women, moments, and themes that make up the rest of America's...
  28. (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & War and World History  Set

    (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Explore the story of the British Empire and root your newfound understanding in the larger context of warfare throughout history. In the 36 lectures of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, explore 400 years of British history that literally remade the world and bequeathed a global legacy that continues to shape life today. And in the 48 intriguing lectures of War and World History, a celebrated military...
  29. (Set) A Brief History of the World & History of the United States  Set

    (Set) A Brief History of the World & History of the United States

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Take two unique looks at the history of the world and the history of our nation. A Brief History of the World is a "big picture" of world history, from the invention of agriculture to the technologically sophisticated world of today. The History of the United States, 2nd Edition is your comprehensive guide to the people and events that enabled the United States to become the most powerful democratic republic in...
  30. (Set) Conservative Tradition & Cycles of American Political Thought  Set

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & Cycles of American Political Thought

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Examine the intricacies of political philosophy with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging and informative professors. Discover just how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining our political tradition and shaping the modern West with The Conservative Tradition. Then, continue with Cycles of American Political Thought, in which you see how America has, from its birth, been deeply engaged with...