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I like the idea of GC's but I don't want just a "professor" giving me a lecture, as interesting as that lecture might be.

Do they use computer animation and other visual technology when it's pertinent?

For instance, I'm contemplating a Decisive Battles of World History. But if it's just a guy talking and maybe with still photos, no. I'd like 21st century technology in use here. SHOW me what happened.
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Killer Bs wrote:I like the idea of GC's but I don't want just a "professor" giving me a lecture, as interesting as that lecture might be.

Do they use computer animation and other visual technology when it's pertinent?

For instance, I'm contemplating a Decisive Battles of World History. But if it's just a guy talking and maybe with still photos, no. I'd like 21st century technology in use here. SHOW me what happened.


Sign me up..that would be cool. I would want to do that in person though. Hear the lectures..see any stuff he shows live. Able to converse..wouldnt pay the money without that.
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Well this is GreatCourses.com. It's a DVD (or streaming). I've read many books about "decisive battles" but I have a hard time picturing what actually happened. That's why I'm hoping this could provide some visuals.

I'm sure you know the drill in books - "The left wing of the 38th Batallion turned the flank of the 7th Division and .... "

I want to see some visuals of how these battles went down.
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There was a show called Battlefield Britain on PBS that covered major English battles with cgi re-creations. May be on pbs.org or youtube.
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SantosLHauper wrote:There was a show called Battlefield Britain on PBS that covered major English battles with cgi re-creations. May be on pbs.org or youtube.


I just watched those online a couple months ago. Pretty good.


http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/battlefield-britain/
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Yuck - the quality on YouTube is horrible. I don't remember it being that bad - I must have seen it on another site.


I'll hunt around a bit.
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Yeah, that's exactly what I'd like to see, cgi re-creations. So I did some research and The Great Courses do indeed use such technology. It's not just talking heads.

It is actually a tremendous site as an alternative to a book. It covers almost literally everything one could be interested in. It can be pricey - up to $300 - but they have constant sales where you can get a DVD course for $70. And there's buyer's reviews as well.

And you can do what I did - Amazon. Got 50% off. Hit or miss on Amazon, but I hit it.
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