The Odyssey of Western Civilization Lecture #8: A Century of the Modern and Postmodern West ? 1918 to 2011 (Streaming Video)


Ever since the days of classical Greece, Western civilization rested upon a bedrock of idealism and civic virtue. But the West began to turn away from its traditional emphasis on religion, patriotism and family values. Nowadays we all wallow the nihilistic chaos of the postmodern world. But we long for a rebirth of the values and traditions that sustained Western civilization for 2,500 years.


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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 #8 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.