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In my view, history is not just about dates, names, places, and action, it is about why those actions mattered. Whom did they impact, how and why? How did they change the course of history? What changed for the better and what changed for the worse, and why? Mr. Migliori's two course sessions thus far have taken the route of facts without analysis, facts without contextualization. The Vikings invaded England on XX date. WHY did they do this? As they won battle after battle, what were their larger objectives? After England they continued on to invade other places... HOW did their experience in England shape their next expansionist decisions and the invasions themselves? It's in the analysis that we learn from history. The facts are the skeletal structure, but the meat is found in the contextualization, the rumination, the thinking about the meaning of the facts. Mr. Migliorie does a lot of presenting facts and very little of the analysis. I found this to be frustrating and ultimately boring. Very disappointed in this course.
Jonathan Migliori does an admirable job of weaving a large variety of details of Viking culture, conquests and language into a satisfying blend of just the right amount of overview and wading into the weeds. Interesting to see how these Middle Ages raiders continue to have a presence in the West. Fascinating course.
Jonathan makes the fascinating history of the Viking Age come alive. He is an enthusiastic guide and expert. This series is one of my favorites.
Jonathan clearly enjoys the subject matter and is excellent in conveying the material in a orderly fashion as there is a lot of it. I also like his sense of humor.
Part One was excellent. A necessary foundation for the series to spring from. Very interesting, informative, well and well presented.