The Odyssey of Western Civilization Lecture #6: From the Mediterranean to Northern Europe: Why Did Power Shift Northward in the 16th and 17th Centuries? (Streaming Video)


Western civilization was born in Greece and Rome, but today Greeks and Italians must defer to Europe’s northern nations, especially Germany. Power shifted northward because the south for centuries was locked in a life-or-death struggle with Islam. And the north looked out on the Atlantic, the pathway to global trade, while the enclosed and embattled Mediterranean world ossified into a backwater.


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Welcome to “The Odyssey of Western Civilization!” This visually rich and intellectually deep lecture series takes you on a tour of Western civilization — from the Greek and Roman empires to the British and American centuries, across time to the present.

This product is Lecture #6 in an eight-part video lecture series, available via streaming video and sold on


About The Odyssey of Western Civilization

In this eight-part series, Victor Davis Hanson locates its origins in classical Greece, then traces its progress from Greece to Rome; from the Mediterranean to Northern Europe; across the English Channel to Britain; and across the Atlantic to America. Eventually, in the 20th century, Western civilization seemed to lose faith in itself, and so currently we find ourselves stuck in the nihilistic dead end of postmodernism. But Hanson concludes the series with a hopeful prediction about the rebirth of the West.