The Western Tradition by Eugen Weber: 52 Video Lectures

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The Western Tradition is a free series of videos that traces the arc of western civilization. Starting in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the survey proceeds to cover the Byzantine Empire and Medieval Europe, then the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Industrial Revolution, and finally ends up in 20th century Europe and America. Presented by UCLA professor Eugen Weber, an impressive European historian, the video series includes over 2,700 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that illustrate some of the West’s great cultural achievements. Each of the 52 videos runs about 30 minutes. So you’re getting an amazing 26 hours of content for free.

You can stream all of the videos from this page, and find a more complete course outline here.

You can find The Western Tradition listed in our collection of Free Online Courses. The list now features 800 courses from great universities.


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  • Stephen

    I would love it if there was an audio version, or if it was OK to download these videos!

    But great find, anyway!

  • mememe

    $450 isn’t exactly ‘free’.bittorrent/piratebay is how to download it

  • MARC K ROSS

    I would like to make some downloads.

  • Learning must be free!

    Here it’s also for free (although you need to download it from rapidshare);

    http://avaxhome.ws/video/Annenberg1.html

    http://avaxhome.ws/video/eLearning/TheWesternTradition2.html

  • Kaye

    imagine my delight when I found I could watch this wonderful series on my computer. Imagine my disappointment when I found I was watching on a viewer that measured 2″ X 2″. There is no way to enlarge the viewer, or watch in full screen mode. My search continues. :-(

  • Meatwad

    Kaye, once you do watch the small sized version of the show, you have a local copy that can be saved (if you know where to get it from the temporary folder), then possibly resize it in a better viewing local program?? Most of them can be saved as a FileName.flv file, if your temporary copy has no distinct video file type(extension).

    I have been watching this off and on for years and I never get bored of it. I just wish I could keep the schedule they have for it. I have only seen it on ITV (USA Cable version) along with a few other great instructional programs. I was killing time waiting for a relative in a Salvation Army store one day, browsing the cheap used books and what do I see!?! “The Western Tradition” for a buck. I like my books in hard back, but I made an exception here.

  • Patricia Lynne Paul Strong, MSW

    It is a pleasure to have this course available! Weber was such a remarkable professor. I do not think I had this particular course from him at UCLA. Instead I took upper level classes.
    Another professor emeritus once commented that a sign that the UCLA Dept. of History was mature, was that Weber was selected as Chairman of the Dept. of History because he lacked a doctorate.

  • Patricia Lynne Strong

    I will search 4 a copy. Glad to see others watch this repeatedly – it is what I have been doing for years now.

  • Robadude32

    I have had the pleasure of watching the Western Tradation a few times and I believe Mr. Weber presented histiory as if I was actually there. This was a great history program and it is sad to hear that he is gone now.

  • Adam O’Shaughnessy

    It suddenly came to mind the wonderful lectures of Dr. Eugene Weber. I would often watch this series of lectures on PBS in the 80s/90s transfixed by his command of the English language. His elocution was mesmerizing. I thought him English (as am I) so perfect was his use of the language. I have just discovered that he passed away in 2007, and I find myself saddened to know that he is gone. I could have met him as he lived for many years in LA. I know I would have liked him very much. I am so very glad that his incomparable lectures are available on this site. I will enjoy watching them. Thank you for that.

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