London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

Course No. 8894
Professor Robert Bucholz, D.Phil.
Loyola University Chicago
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No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. Throughout its vast and riveting history, London played a critical role in shaping many of the most important political, social, cultural, and economic institutions and systems that you live with today. Consider that London

  • was the capital of a powerful empire that covered one-fifth of the world's landmass and one-quarter of its population;
  • was the headquarters of a constitutional monarchy with more elements of democracy and popular participation than any Western country before the United States;
  • was the economic center of Europe both during and after the Industrial Revolution, serving as its financial center, its banking center, and its largest port;
  • spearheaded innovative modern solutions (including public institutions and municipal police forces) to universal human ills such as crime, disease, and poverty;
  • was the site of historical political movements that led to wider government reform, including the fight for women's suffrage;
  • was the home to some of history's greatest individuals, including William Shakespeare, Queen Victoria, and Winston Churchill; and
  • served as the last bastion of freedom in Europe against the onslaught of the Nazis in World War II.

London's greatness continues to this day. The city stands as a global metropolitan center and continues to be synonymous with important developments in international business, culture, and politics.

But why London? What made the city the perfect environment for all these great political, social, and cultural developments? How did this city endure sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? And what about its citizens—what exactly defines a Londoner, both in the past and today?

London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World is your opportunity to find the answers to these and other questions about this magnificent metropolis. In 24 fascinating lectures, Oxford-trained historian and award-winning Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University Chicago takes you through London's history, from its birth as a Roman outpost in the 1st century C.E. to its current status as a 21st-century global village. An encyclopedic view of a city like no other, this course will take you back to London as it was lived and felt throughout history.

If you've been to London before, prepare to discover a wealth of new insights into the city you thought you knew. And if you haven't—prepare to be captivated by a city whose sights, history, people, and spirit serve as an amazing window into Western history.

Explore London's Role in Epic Historical Moments

The cultural flowering of the English Renaissance; the horrors of the Great Plague; the turmoil of the English civil war; the epic conflict of World Wars I and II—by playing crucial roles in these and other historical events, London helped lay the foundation for the modern world.

London: A Short History examines these and other epic chapters in British and world history through the lens of this amazing capital. Every lecture explores how these definitive historical moments affected the evolution of the city and the lives of both iconic and everyday Londoners.

Your focus is always on the enduring themes of the city's story, including its steady growth, its cultural diversity, and its ability to survive even in the face of overwhelming hardships.

Walk through London's Streets

What makes London: A Short History unique from other historical studies of great cities is that it takes you deep into the streets of London during formative periods in its history. While broad cultural, political, and demographic trends are important parts of the city's story, Professor Bucholz also continuously emphasizes the importance of understanding and experiencing the sights and sounds of London as it was lived by its residents.

At important moments throughout the course, you zoom in on the streets of London in a series of "walking tour" lectures. In these imaginative lectures, you travel through various parts of the city, guided by a Londoner who is both an icon of Western civilization and a representative of the period's culture and customs. You experience

  • medieval London with poet Geoffrey Chaucer;
  • Elizabethan London with playwright William Shakespeare;
  • 17th-century London with diarist and socialite Samuel Pepys;
  • 18th-century London with writer Samuel Johnson; and
  • Victorian London with novelist Charles Dickens.

In addition, the course closes with Professor Bucholz's personalized tour of late 20th- and early 21st-century London.

In each of these tours, you follow your particular guide through daily life in historical London, noting important landmarks and learning the secret histories behind places such as Westminster Abbey, Fleet Street, Piccadilly Circus, and London Bridge. With each new tour, your understanding of London's evolution increases exponentially.

An Unforgettable Look at an Unforgettable City

London incorporates a wealth of eyewitness accounts from journals, poems, diaries, and newspaper articles to answer these questions and intimately connect you with daily life in this great city. These perceptive, affecting voices convey what happens when average individuals become willing (or unwilling) participants in larger historical moments.

A veteran Teaching Company lecturer and a renowned American scholar of British history, Professor Bucholz has crafted London: A Short History as a history of the city for an American audience. While the lectures are deeply infused with the rich details of British life and customs, they are always accessible to those who have never set foot in London's streets.

With its interdisciplinary approach to this great city—one that draws from court history, literature, sociology, urban planning, economics, and more—London: A Short History will undoubtedly delight and surprise you, regardless of your familiarity with this amazing city. By the final lecture, you'll come to realize just what Samuel Johnson meant when he famously declared, "there is in London, all that life can afford."

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    There's No Place like London
    This introductory lecture gives you a brief overview of London, introduces you to several overarching themes—including London's growth, diversity, and resilience—and shows you why this magnificent metropolis is the greatest city in the Western world. x
  • 2
    The Rise and Fall of Roman Londinium
    Explore the early centuries of London's history, from its foundation in 60 C.E. as Londinium—the largest Roman settlement in Britain—to its eventual decline and abandonment at the end of the 4th century C.E. after the collapse of the Roman Empire. x
  • 3
    Medieval London's Thousand-Year Climb
    How did London revive itself and come to play a prominent part in early British history? Discover the important roles played by the Christian church, Viking scourges, leaders such as Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror, and the Magna Carta. x
  • 4
    Economic Life in Chaucer's London
    Walk the streets of medieval London as it was lived and experienced by the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. This intimate historical tour includes looks at places such as the Tower of London, the London docks, the markets on East Cheap, and the shops and taverns of Cheapside. x
  • 5
    Politics and Religion in Chaucer's London
    Continue touring 14th-century London by heading west and exploring the importance of London's Guildhall (City Hall), the magnificence of old St. Paul's Cathedral (as well as its churchyard), the excitement of the Strand, and the splendor of Westminster Abbey. x
  • 6
    London Embraces the Early Tudors
    Investigate the impact of the Tudor dynasty on the lives of Londoners, with pointed looks at the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, and Mary I. Also, study how London dealt with the religious turmoil brought about by the Protestant Reformation. x
  • 7
    Elizabeth I and London as a Stage
    Delve into the impact of Queen Elizabeth's reign on London between 1558 and 1603. Highly popular among Londoners, Queen Elizabeth used the city as a stage on which to display the rich pageantry of the Tudor monarchy. x
  • 8
    Life in Shakespeare's London—East
    Get an in-depth look at London through the eyes of William Shakespeare, who stands in for the typical late 16th-century immigrant to the city. Tour London's East End (the traditional arrival point for immigrants), the bustle of the Royal Exchange, Bridewell Prison, and London's four great law schools. x
  • 9
    Life in Shakespeare's London—West
    As your tour of Shakespearean London continues, gain insights into vibrant parts of the city, including St. James's Park, Westminster Hall, and London Bridge. Also, explore the experience of attending a play at the Rose Theatre—which reveals much about theatergoing habits during this period in London's history. x
  • 10
    London Rejects the Early Stuarts
    Explore London life between 1603 and 1660, focusing on the effects of the city's population growth on its economic system, the rise of crime in its streets, the fervent struggles between Protestants and Catholics, and the breakdown of royal authority that resulted in the English civil war. x
  • 11
    Life in Samuel Pepys's 17th-Century London
    The rise of two new watering holes in London (the coffee house and the club); the spectacle and excitement of the court scene at Whitehall; the amusements of the 17th-century pleasure garden—encounter these and other aspects of Restoration London through the detailed diary entries of Samuel Pepys. x
  • 12
    Plague and Fire
    Samuel Pepys's diary entries also provide you with an intimate window into the two great disasters that wracked London in the mid-1660s: the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666. Both of these events, you learn, had an unimaginable impact on the everyday lives of Londoners. x
  • 13
    London Rises Again—As an Imperial Capital
    In the last decades of the 17th century, London grew into the capital of a world empire. Follow London's reconstruction and discover how a series of nationwide political, commercial, and economic changes—including the Glorious Revolution—irrevocably transformed the city. x
  • 14
    Johnson's London—All That Life Can Afford
    What was life like in 18th-century London? Use author Samuel Johnson as a lens through which to view the city's growing newspaper business, its chophouses and ale-houses, the decline of court culture, and the rise of public patronage for the arts. x
  • 15
    The Underside of 18th-Century London
    Eighteenth-century London, you find, was also rampant with poverty and crime. Investigate the underbelly of Samuel Johnson's London: a world of prostitutes, abandoned children, and murderers. Then, see how the city combated these social ills through public institutions (including the Foundling Hospital) and popular public hangings. x
  • 16
    London Confronts Its Problems
    Focus on the many ways that London solved the problems that had overwhelmed it, including building bridges to alleviate increased horse-drawn traffic, developing an intricate sewage system to combat water pollution, and reforming the law enforcement system to better handle the city's wave of riots. x
  • 17
    Life in Dickens's London
    Track the city's transition into the Victorian era through the novels and personal impressions of Charles Dickens. See how previously covered territory—including Fleet Street, Westminster Palace, and Covent Garden—has evolved, and explore Bloomsbury, home to both Dickens and the extraordinary collections of the British Museum and the British Library. x
  • 18
    Two Windows into Victorian London
    Victorian London was a city of contrasts. See this reflected in two major events that defined the city: Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee of 1887, which revived the popularity of the monarchy, and the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888, which reveal much about the period's social and cultural atmosphere. x
  • 19
    Questions Postponed and the Great War
    Explore the women's suffrage movement and the global crisis of World War I as windows into London life in the early 20th century. Chart these two defining moments in British history through the eyewitness accounts of journalists, writers, and everyday Londoners. x
  • 20
    London's Interwar Expansion and Diversions
    Postwar London struggled with economic trauma, a national strike, and a sharp increase in unemployment. Yet this period, you discover, also saw the modernization of the city's transportation system and architecture, a shift in social norms, and new forms of popular entertainment. x
  • 21
    The Blitz—The Greatest Target in the World
    Between September 1940 and May 1941, London came under frequent air attack by Nazi Germany—an event known as "the Blitz." Experience this critical episode of World War II through the accounts of the Londoners who endured it and see how—as always—the city persevered through uncertain times. x
  • 22
    Postwar London Returns to Life
    Find out how postwar Londoners faced the bleakness of a troubled economy and the environmental disaster of 1952's Big Smoke. Then, see how the dire situation turned around with increased economic prosperity, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and an influx of immigrants who diversified London life and culture. x
  • 23
    The Varied Winds of Change
    Survey the waves of change that washed over London, from the "Swinging Sixties"—with its revolutions in theater, music, and fashion and its nuclear disarmament protests—to the 1980s and the election of a Conservative government under British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. x
  • 24
    Millennial London—How Do You Like It?
    Conclude the course with a journey through contemporary London and a look at some events that have defined the city in recent years and testify to its powerful and enduring spirit: Princess Diana's death, the unification of the city government under the Greater London Authority, and the 2005 terrorist bombings. x

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Robert Bucholz, D.Phil.
Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Robert Bucholz is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, where he has taught since 1988. He earned his B.A. in History from Cornell University and his D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University. Before joining the faculty at Loyola University, Professor Bucholz taught at numerous universities, including Cornell University; California State University, Long Beach; and Loyola, Marymount University. He is a...
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London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 110.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh Right -- it's History! I previously listened to Professor Bucholz's series on England from the Tudors to the Stuarts, and it was delightful. He has a wonderful dry sense of humor, exquisite timing and articulation, and lucid explanations which bring history to life. I bought this actually thinking maybe it would be a good tour guide for visiting London. I soon learned that no, it isn't really a tour guide, it's a history of London, just like the title says...d'oh! In 24 lectures he covers London from the earliest information we have available about life there, up to the modern era. This is a fascinating history of one of the world's great cities, from a master lecturer.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative & Entertaining An enjoyable history lesson and a perfect prelude to visiting London. Professor Bucholz's tongue-in-cheek humor helped to ensure my attention never wandered. I especially liked his walk-throughs in the shoes of famous historic Londoners, which brought various periods into vivid and memorable focus.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent overview of London and it's history These lectures are fast-paced, fact rich and pleasantly presented. I learned much new information and deep details about London. This course is now a favorite in our collection.
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but something's missing I am a fan of Professor Bucholz. His "Foundations of Western Civilization II" series was hugely illuminating, reconfiguring my understanding of the past 700 years. Here, he is predictably well-prepared and articulate, but the series is a bit flat. I suggest he confer with Prof. Allitt, who took two summers traveling around and photographing Britain for his "Great Tours: Britain" series, which was riveting. London is the most photogenic of cities. Even though it has burned down at least twice, and been built over massively, there are lots of bits and pieces of the deep past to be seen. I would have liked to see, for example, the remnants of the Roman wall still extant, and much else. Take some time off, Robert, and take to foot for a season. It will do you, and us, a lot of good.
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lecture series on a fascinating topic! I really like the pacing the instructor has when explaining so much great information and funny stories regarding London's founding and history. He has really fun anecdotes and covers the critical parts of the history and story of the formation of London. very well. Great job on this course overall!
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely enjoyable! Recommend the Video/DVD format!!! This is a very visual course. The map of London (changing throughout the historical eras) is pivotal to the lectures. The professor has a comfortable and, at times, theatric approach which is both entertaining and engaging. I especially enjoyed the professor's ability to make historic London come to life by "walking" it's streets and experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the different time periods.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable tour through the history of London Just finished the final lecture in the series and thoroughly enjoyed it. The presenter had an easy conversational tone (not a boring lecture) and good pictures and maps to explain what he was describing. I felt I got a good overview of London through the centuries and enjoyed learning about how the people lived and what they went through since that is an integral part of the history as well. I've been to London a few times and it was very interesting to learn more about what I had seen and to find out what I missed and will have to go and find on my next trip.
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jolly Good My wife and I returned from a trip to England and spent three days in London. It's been fascinating to hear the history of that great city. I only wish we had been able to see it before we went on our trip, but since we're planning on a return trip sometime in the future it will come in handy.
Date published: 2018-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful lecturer We bought this class as we are both rabid Anglophiles and would like to know more about London. We have been there, know quite a bit, but this class is helping us understand more about the city. He is giving us a wonderful overview of the city and it's history, helping to understand what makes it so unique. I especially like the use of quotations from people of the past, adds a depth to the information. Excellent presenter, who obviously loves his topic.
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Detailed History I am not sure what I expected. The detailed history of individuals seems more important than the city.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative history of London I just completed the video version of "A Short History of the Greatest city in the World"., and I truly enjoyed it. It was not just a list of headlines and newsworthy events regarding London. It was a look into the city itself, who lived there, what was their daily life like, What were the sights and sounds Londoners encountered in their day. The lecture starts out when London was settled by the Romans and continues chronologically up to the present day. Through the use of early maps and other visual aids, the professor walks us through Shakespeare's London, Dicken's London then Victorian London. We're told about the type of work their was available and what the streets were like, and what was being discussed at the pubs, I felt like I was able to experience it as a commoner, as opposed to other documentaries that just deal with the ruling monarch and their opulent lives. While there were several maps and visual aids, I do feel there could have been more, What was the inside of the Tower of London like? Is the old wall around London still there? These are minor criticisms, I'm sure I can find those pictures online. It seems they could have added more pictures to show what the professor is referring to. This was a wonderful look into London, unlike most that just report the history, or focus only on the ruling monarch. I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about the people of London
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from London History Mixed with the History of Britain A fascinating view of London over the millennia, beginning with Roman Britain and Londinium and ending with the present day (actually about 2005). The structure of the course is primarily chronological. The first three lectures cover an introduction, the Roman Britain and one that basically covers the time from when the Romans departed to William the Conqueror. After that, each new era begins with an initial focus on an individual and that person’s journey to London and a walking tour of the city at the time: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pepys, Samuel Johnson, and Dickens. The final, present-day walking tour is provided by Professor Bucholz himself, as the details his arrival in London and how he liked to provide his guests with a tour of the city. Each time the tour covers the London of the time (here a video version is to be preferred, as the maps that support the walking tour are helpful, even for those who are familiar with present-day London). A nice and different way to give an overview of the city. Of course as London changes and grows Dr. Bucholz provides reasons for the changes and usually maps that detail the spread of London over the years. As with his course, “Foundations of Western Civilization II”, Professor Bucholz devotes a fair amount of time in his lectures to the life of the common man (and women). Court life and the aristocracy contrasted with the down and out. We are not spared the grinding poverty, disease, alcoholism, and the general living conditions of the desperate, just as we are treated to the magnificence of the lives and housing of the upper classes. Professor Bucholz’s presentation is smooth and polished (my view contrasts with some other reviewers) and filled with enthusiasm—he clearly loves his subject. He even gives us some personal details of his time in London. I do agree with some reviewers who think that there was insufficient use made of visuals in the video version. However kudos to the Professor for his use of quoting (often at some length) of the writing about London by various authors. Even though my wife and I have travelled to London many times both for work and leisure, I would have liked a few more pictures to round out my knowledge. As mentioned the maps were good. And a very minor point to pick, I’d have liked a bit more on London itself and a bit less overall history of Britain. Probably a very fine line to tread, as some general history is necessary as background, but I’d think that most who have interest in this subject would have a broad background. Overall, this interested me to the point that I have just begun Dr. Bucholz’s course on the Tudors to the Stuarts. One down and 47 to go until that review.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun Class With Excellent Info and Teacher I thought this class was a great value and and was really interesting thanks to the broad knowledge of the professor and the fact that the information was presented in a great way. The professor was excellent in sharing his anecdotes and personal stories about the topics when applicable. I would definitely take another class with him.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from London Revisited My wife and I watched as a follow-up to 2 weeks on foot in London spring 2018. We wished we had discovered the course before we went. We are Great Courses alumni so we generally knew what to expect. We were very pleased with Dr. Bucholz's presentation and content. He is a very good communicator and obviously loves all things London. We happily anticipated watching one or two lectures each evening. We will watch the course again before our next London visit to refresh our aging memories. We will also check out other courses of his as well. Nice work.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like I traveled back in time to be there. I think that I'm a closet Anglophile. I loved the content. The pictures although there were few added when needed. Always loved the British Isles and I can time travel back to visit Merry Old England.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am 1/2 way thru this lecture series and it is worthwhile. I am enjoying it. I have been to London and my next time is to visit some of these great other places that Professor Bucholz discusses.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and Interesting I am planning to travel to London this summer, so the orientation to the city of London will be useful. Presenter was amusing as well as insightful, making for an interesting course.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get up & go My ol’ pal, Professor Bucholz, nice to see you again. It’s been a while. Sure am glad I picked up this nice little excursion through the streets of London. I really enjoyed the historical tour: Time went by fast; learned a lot about London’s foundation and growth and development; introduced to a lot of fascinating characters; maps were helpful; the quotes were great. The Guidebook is well done and it’s got a Timeline and Glossary. If you’re not that well versed in English history, may I suggest reading through the Biographical Notes before beginning? That way you have sufficient background knowledge. It can be confusing when rulers/dynasties come at you fast and furious. Whether you’re an armchair tourist or you’ve got tickets and reservations in hand, I think this is a wonderful course to supplement your history library. I preferred the video and was satisfied with the maps and graphics.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable Take this course for the sheer fun of it. Even if you know London you will learn a lot. For example, you'll discover how long Londinium lasted, how it changed, and what the post-Roman settlers made of it. Other well known episodes like the plagues and the great fire are satisfyingly unpacked. But the best reason to buy this is the professor's company, for he is probably the most personable, urbane, and congenial lecturer in the whole Great Courses stable. (His course on the Tudors and the Stuarts is even better than this one. Professor B., if you are reading this, please, please give us another dynasty. Perhaps the Hanoverians?) Personal admission: I am not particularly Anglophile other than for their literature. All the stately homes of Britain could collapse and I would feel no loss. So you don't have to especially cherish London to get a ton out of this course. The course is akin to a great biography. The arc of the story and its masterful delivery more than repay your investment. Before this course Brexit looked to me like a blunder, now it feels like a tragedy.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Joyful look at London Having visited London a number of times in the past decade to see my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters, I thought I had learned much about this great city. Each time we visit, we find something new, and enjoy some old haunts as well. However, my eyes have been opened even wider by the watching and the learning of this course. Professor Bucholtz obviously loves London ( and unabashedly says so in an infectious way), but, more importantly, he has an excellent grasp of the details of the history of the city: not just the parade of kings and queens, but the writers, the artists, the "London mobs", the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. By taking the course, one will learn to appreciate how important the city has been to England, Great Britain, Europe, and the world. Interspersed with "history", he takes you on "walks" of London during various eras, using known historical figures as guides to the contemporaneous sites of the city. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting London, by the end of the presentation, even the hard-hearted will be at least tempted to visit!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course with Dynamic Professor This was an excellent course and interesting. It was enjoyable from beginning to end. The speaker was dynamic and kept you interested. Very well done.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story - Excellent Lecturer We have watched so many lectures on European history. This more detailed series on London is absolutely wonderful. The Professor has a great knowledge of English history and especially on London. We recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!! This is among the very best of the dozens of courses I have purchased from the Great Courses. Prof. Bucholz is a terrific lecturer and has a pleasant and engaging speaking style and a great sense of humor. He is a magnificent storyteller, and he tells a very compelling story of London's history here. His use of maps is a real highlight as well, particularly for those, like me, who have recently traveled to London or plan to go soon. I think the video version is well worth the extra expense because of the maps. Prof. Bucholz's enthusiasm for his subject matter is infectious, and the matters covered in the course are right on the mark. In sum, this is an outstanding course by an outstanding professor at the top of his game. Highly recommended to all; especially those who have recent travel plans to London.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Prep for Trip Planning a first visit to London and this course is a great start on pre-trip planning. The Professor's style is superb and keeps you looking forward to the next lecture.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bucholz gives us another winner Professor Bucholz is one of my favorite Great Courses professors. In this course, he is in peak form. The challenge is to convey the social, infrastructural, and architectural changes of a large city over a very long time, and not completely lose the learner. As usual, Prof. Bucholz manages to walk us through this complex history with humor and style. I highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Preparing for trip to London The was the perfect balance of comprehensive and concise, with terrifically selected aspects to focus on and anecdotes to illustrate the city's history, that it was the perfect background to appreciate London for the second time. The first, in 1981, I was completely unprepared and now see it very differently.
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from London The professor lectures in such a way that you feel that you were in London during the years from the Roman Empire until today. He does a great job.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gifted Professor Simply put this man is a gifted professor. This is my favorite of the 20 Great Courses that I have purchased. He makes the history of London come alive and my wife and I have vacationed in London three times in the past.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely First Class It is impossible to watch these lectures and not become addicted to the history of London ... or just to history. Professor Bucholz's complete mastery of his subject, passion and professionalism translate into a wonderfully enlightening and enjoyable experience for the listener. Thank you so much.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth both your time and your money! I seldom spend the time to write reviews for my purchases. But, in this instance, I am so delighted and pleased with this presenter that I want to share my enthusiasm. The course does not have a lot of visual props except for the maps that show the way London has changed over the course of 2000 years. But that is a small issue when the narration and description, including the quotes, create an imaginative visual in the listener. Dr Bucholz is so lively in his presentation that I am immediately drawn into the London he is currently describing. I can see in my minds eye how it must be. He is incredibly knowledgable about the subject. And when you consider that he is covering 2000+ years that is truly amazing. If I ever thought history was dry, I am cured! I am watching these lectures in preparation for my visit to London this fall. I know that as I walk down the different streets, I will remember how they evolved. And how this history impacted my own ancestry and I came to be where I am today. This will enhance my trip immeasurably. I highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2015-09-26
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