Watch Two Programs by Beloved Yale Historian John Merriman (RIP): “France Since 1871” and “European Civilization, 1648 to 1945”

On Might 22, historian John Merriman died on the age of 75. A professor at Yale since 1973, Merriman turned an “early practitioner of the historical past ‘from the bottom up, that swept educational research within the Nineteen Seventies,” notes an obituary in Yale Information. There, historian Alice Kaplan provides: “John Merriman turned our best historian of the French left and its repression, of the Communards, the Anarchists, and the French police, whose experiences he delivered to life in books and lectures knowledgeable by his work in archives in each area of France…”

The New York Occasions remembers him as “a rumpled determine who used his storytelling items to animate his lectures on French and European historical past.” And so they recall how writer Ta-Nehisi Coates “watched a few of Professor Merriman’s recorded lectures on-line and described him … as a ‘form of freestyle rapper’ who riffed off his materials — anecdotes, quotes and observations — and ‘had this bizarre potential to inhabit the historical past.'”

You, too, can watch his lectures on-line. Quite a lot of years in the past, Merriman made two of his beloved programs, “France Since 1871” (high) and “European Civilization, 1648 to 1945” (under) obtainable on Yale Open Programs. Should you click on on the previous hyperlinks, you will discover the syllabus and books for every course. These programs are completely listed in our assortment of Free On-line Historical past Programs, a subset of our assortment, 1,700 Free On-line Programs from Prime Universities.

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