Great Courses Lectures

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The Great Tours

2 weekly lectures 
18 weeks / 60 minutes

Wednesdays at 12:00 P.M.
Obert Meeting Room

“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 cozy, it’s probably very inaccurate.”
-Professor Patrick N. Allitt, Ph. D.
February 5, 2020
1 Welcome to Britain 
2 Prehistoric Britain

February 12, 2020

3 Roman Britain
4 Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain

February 19, 2020

5 Britain’s Medieval Castles
6 Britain’s Medieval Cathedrals

February 26, 2020

7 Tudor Britain
8 Magna Carta and Civil War

March 4, 2020

9 Enlightenment Britain
10 Industrial Britain

March 11, 2020

11 Victorian Britain
12 20th Century Britain

March 18, 2020

13 Edinburgh and Glasgow
14 Wild Scotland: Beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow

March 25, 2020
15 North Wales
16 Cardiff and South Wales

April 1, 2020
17 The North of England
18 The English Midlands
April 8, 2020
19 East Anglia
20 England’s West Country

April 15, 2020
21 The Museums of London
22 London’s Streets and Parks

April 22, 2020
23 Buckingham Palace and Parliament
24 Oxford and Cambridge

May 6, 2020

25 Literary Britain: Chaucer and Shakespeare
26 Literary Britain: The Romantics

May 13, 2020
27 Literary Britain: Poets and Novelists
28 Literary Britain: The 20th Century

May 20, 2020

29 Artistic Britain: Painters and Sculptors
30 Britain’s Estates and Gardens

May 27, 2020
31 Legacy of the British Empire
32 Seafaring Britain

June 3, 2020
33 Britain’s War Memorials
34 Hiking England, Scotland, and Wales

June 10, 2020
35 Britain’s Sporting Tradition
36 How to Think About Visiting Britain

Professor Patrick N. Allitt, Ph. D.
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.