Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett, Ph.D.

Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Toronto
In short, and in almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences of those experiments for the rest of your life.

Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 1978. He was the first director of the University of Toronto Art Centre and founding director of the Office of Teaching Advancement at the university, a position he held until 2009.

Much of Professor Bartlett’s career has been devoted to bringing the culture of European history into undergraduate and graduate classrooms. He has taught regularly in the University of Toronto Summer Abroad programs in Europe. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, most notably, the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, awarded by the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and the inaugural President’s Teaching Award from the University of Toronto. In 2007, Professor Bartlett was one of the 10 finalists in TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition, which pits students’ favorite instructors against one another in a battle of charisma, clarity, passion, and conviction. That same year, the professor was recognized with an inaugural Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award by the government of Ontario.

Professor Bartlett is the author of The English in Italy, 1525–1558: A Study in Culture and Politics; The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: A Sourcebook; and most recently, A Short History of the Italian Renaissance. He is also coeditor or translator of five other books, including Humanism and the Northern Renaissance (with M. McGlynn), and author of more than 35 articles and chapters on European history and culture. He has been the academic consultant and occasional on-camera commentator for the Illuminated Filmworks videos about the Vatican Library and for such television series as The Naked Archaeologist and Museum Secrets.

Together with his wife, Gillian, who herself holds a Ph.D. and is the author of seven books, Professor Bartlett regularly leads tours to Europe for major museums, universities, and cultural organizations.

Professor Bartlett’s other Great Courses include The Development of European Civilization, The Italian Renaissance, and The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean.

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41 Courses and Sets

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41 Courses and Sets

  1. Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

    Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    4.5 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (55)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $299.95 $199.95$299.95
    Esteemed Italian history professor Kenneth R. Bartlett takes you on a riveting tour of the Italian peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome. You will learn the mosaic of histories and culture that make up this dynamic nation-how the independent states competed on the battlefield, in the marketplace, and in the world of artistic expression.
  2. The Guide to Essential Italy

    The Guide to Essential Italy

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    4.6 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (156)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $429.95 $349.95$429.95
    Italy is the quintessential location for anyone interested in art, culture, and history. In collaboration with the Smithsonian, we bring you the exceptional gems and daily life of Italy’s past and present in a visually stunning tour. Explore Rome, Florence, and Venice—and take side trips to Pompeii, Perugia, and more. Visit important monuments, witness artistic masterpieces, and immerse yourself in Italian...
  3. The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    4.4 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (71)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    Travel through time to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities in Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett’s The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe. In 24 lectures that use extensive location footage, you’ll discover the sights, sounds, and smells of teeming markets and mercantile centers, royal feasts and ritual, dramatic military engagements, magnificent religious pageantry, and the...
  4. Development of European Civilization Sale

    Development of European Civilization

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    4.6 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (49)
    Save up to $530.00 Starting at $39.95 $599.95 $39.95$599.95
    Survey the remarkable development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II with The Development of European Civilization. In Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett's 48 lectures, you'll learn the major ideologies that emerged from centuries of debate and conflict; the forces that intermingled to create a range of economic and social revolutions; groundbreaking European ideas about government,...
  5. Italian Renaissance

    Italian Renaissance

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    4.6 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (70)
    Starting at $229.95 Starting at $229.95 $429.95 $229.95$429.95
    When you think of the Italian Renaissance, chances are you think of all that it gave us: the sculptures of Michelangelo. The paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. The writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But have you ever wondered why there was such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy, beginning in the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy and not some other part of Europe? Why did it happen...
  6. (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe  Set

    (Set) The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $359.90 Starting at $359.90 $419.90 $359.90$419.90
    When you visit beautiful places like Palermo, Prague, and Avignon, it’s as though you’ve stepped through time. Gain a deep understanding of these and other remarkable locations in Experiencing Medieval Europe. Paired with The Art of Travel Photography, you’ll be prepared to have a dazzling slideshow your friends will clamor to see.
  7. (Set) The Italian Renaissance & The Early Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) The Italian Renaissance & The Early Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $729.90 Starting at $729.90 $729.90 $729.90$729.90
    Experience two monumental periods in the history of Western civilization with this thrilling two-course set. In The Early Middle Ages, focus on the often misunderstood age between A.D. 300 and A.D. 1000, when ancient Rome had fallen and Europe had seemingly vanished into ignorance and shadow. In The Italian Renaissance, travel back to the moment in history when culture reached a vibrant and formative peak that still...
  8. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $871.90 Starting at $871.90 $1,199.90 $871.90$1,199.90
    Unearth the foundations of your world with this engaging two-course set on the nature of the Western world. First, follow the true story of how Europe evolved over the course of 600 fascinating years in The Development of European Civilization. Then, ground your understanding of Europe within the larger scope of the early Western world with the highly popular The Foundations of Western Civilization.
  9. (Set)  Great Tours: Medieval Europe & Art of Travel Photograph Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Medieval Europe & Art of Travel Photograph

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $359.90 Starting at $359.90 $419.90 $359.90$419.90
  10. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Turning Points in American History  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Turning Points in American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.90 Starting at $579.90 $1,199.90 $579.90$1,199.90
  11. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul   Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    The great cultures of the past still live, tucked away in tiny villages in Europe and by the Aegean Sea. Take an unforgettable journey with this set of two Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe and Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul. Extraordinary natural wonders and beautifully preserved historical buildings await your discovery.
  12. (Set) Italians before Italy & Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Italians before Italy & Italian Renaissance

    Kenneth R. Bartlett
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
  13. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Rise and Fall of the British Empire  Set on sale

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $892.00 Starting at $93.90 $1,029.90 $93.90$1,029.90
    Join two masterful historians on a fascinating exploration of European civilization and one of its greatest empires in this two-course set. First, survey the remarkable development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II with The Development of European Civilization. Then, examine four centuries of British power, innovation, and diminishment—an era that literally remade the...
  14. (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Italian Renaissance  Set

    (Set) Genius of Michelangelo & Italian Renaissance

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.90 Starting at $859.90 $859.90 $859.90$859.90
  15. (Set) Italian Renaissance & The World of Byzantium  Set

    (Set) Italian Renaissance & The World of Byzantium

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
  16. (Set)  Great Tours: Medieval Europe & The Cathedral Set

    (Set) Great Tours: Medieval Europe & The Cathedral

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Tour the cities and towns of medieval Europe and witness the beauty of places frozen in time. Marvel at the grand architectural wonders of the cathedral and discover how people without modern technology were able to build such impressive structures.
  17. (Set) War, Peace, and Power & Development of European Civilization  Set

    (Set) War, Peace, and Power & Development of European Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $1,029.90 $519.90$1,029.90
  18. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    Travel through time to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities in The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe. Evocative location footage will make you feel as through you’re experiencing the sights and sounds in person! Then, don your armor for The Medieval World and see the Middle Ages from the fascinating perspectives of those who lived in that era.
  19. (Set)  The Development of European Civilization & The Medieval Set

    (Set) The Development of European Civilization & The Medieval

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $785.90 Starting at $785.90 $1,029.90 $785.90$1,029.90
  20. (Set)  The Development of European Civilization & A History of Set

    (Set) The Development of European Civilization & A History of

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $871.90 Starting at $871.90 $1,199.90 $871.90$1,199.90