The Odyssey of Western Civilization Lecture #7: From British to American Centuries: The Anglo-American Contribution to Western Civilization (Streaming Video)


Modern America traces its uniqueness among nations to one culture in particular: Britain. The geographical isolation nurtured the development of a tolerant, resilient political system that favors peaceful solutions negotiated among peers. Inheriting this British system, America tweaked it to place even less emphasis on hierarchy, and more on individual freedom.


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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 #7 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.