Professor Patrick N. Allitt, Ph.D.

Professor Patrick N. Allitt
  • Emory University
  • University of California, Berkeley
Nostalgia is the enemy of history. 'Downton Abbey' is great fun but it's not history. If seeing or reading something historical makes you feel warm and cosy, it's probably very inaccurate.

Dr. Patrick N. Allitt is Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, where he has taught since 1988. The holder of a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Allitt-an Oxford University graduate-has also taught American religious history at Harvard Divinity School, where he was a Henry Luce Postdoctoral Fellow. He was the Director of Emory College's Center for Teaching and Curriculum from 2004 to 2009, where he looked for ways to improve teaching. In this critical administrative position, he led workshops on a wide variety of teaching-related problems, visited dozens of other professors' classes, and provided one-on-one consultation to teachers to help them overcome particular pedagogical problems. Professor Allitt was honored with Emory's Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2000 was appointed to the N.E.H./Arthur Blank Professorship of Teaching in the Humanities. A widely published and award-winning author, Professor Allitt has written several books, including The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities throughout American History; Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950-1985; Catholic Converts: British and American Intellectuals Turn to Rome; and Religion in America since 1945: A History. He is also author of I'm the Teacher, You're the Student: A Semester in the University Classroom, a memoir about one semester in his life as a university professor. In addition, he is the editor of Major Problems in American Religious History. He has written numerous articles and reviews for academic and popular journals, including The New York Times Book Review.

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"I loved Professor Patrick N. Allit, his voice and presentation were very pleasant and interesting, I felt like I was being entertained and retained a lot of information."

 

"Professor Patrick Allitt is without a doubt, one of the most entertaining professors you have!  His sense of humor added to the course enjoyment."

 

"Professor Allitt is a joy! That beautiful English accent, coupled with an understanding of American idisyncracies makes for a delightful learning expereience."

99 Courses and Sets

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99 Courses and Sets

  1. Victorian Britain

    Victorian Britain

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.7 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (92)
    Starting at $229.95 Starting at $229.95 $429.95 $229.95$429.95
    Discover the facts and foibles of the paradoxical Britons under the reign of Queen Victoria, as Britain became the world’s pioneer in industrialization that transformed social classes and created both immense wealth and squalor. This colonial empire, based on technical superiority and widespread belief in Anglo-Saxon racial supremacy, made Britain the most powerful nation in the world and left behind an indelible...
  2. The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales

    The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.8 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (192)
    Starting at $229.95 Starting at $229.95 $429.95 $229.95$429.95
    No matter what you are hoping to discover in this magnificent region, The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales is the perfect guide. Taught by acclaimed Professor Patrick Allitt, a British-born scholar who teaches at Emory University, these 36 engrossing lectures give you an insider’s take on traveling through Great Britain.
  3. History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.6 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (131)
    Starting at $649.95 Starting at $649.95 $869.95 $649.95$869.95
    This sweeping, 84-lecture series features three award-winning professors sharing their insights into this nation's past in their own areas of special interest, from European settlement and the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, world wars, and today's outlook. You will gain a lucid picture of the factors that enabled the United States to become the largest, wealthiest, and most...
  4. Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator Sale

    Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.3 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (81)
    Save up to $250.00 Starting at $34.95 $299.95 $34.95$299.95
    Learn how to reach astounding new levels of success as a teacher with The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator. These 24 lectures, delivered by award-winning Professor Patrick N. Allitt, will help you develop and enhance your teaching style; provide you with invaluable methods, tools, and advice for handling all manner of teaching scenarios; and open your eyes to how other teachers—and their...
  5. American Identity

    American Identity

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.6 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (52)
    Starting at $289.95 Starting at $289.95 $289.95 $289.95$289.95
    Historian Patrick N. Allitt investigates the national character by introducing you to notable Americans from Thomas Jefferson to Al Capone, whose lives speak eloquently about qualities that make one truly American. While the course is enjoyable simply as a well-told series of biographies, it does much more, helping you gain a deeper understanding of the trends and ideas that shaped America.
  6. The Conservative Tradition Sale

    The Conservative Tradition

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.6 out of 5
    94% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (91)
    Save up to $375.00 Starting at $29.95 $429.95 $29.95$429.95
    Discover just how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining our political tradition and shaping the modern West with The Conservative Tradition. Award-winning Professor Patrick N. Allitt guides you on a detailed exploration of Conservatism's lineage, principles, key figures, and impact on history. No matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum, these 36 lectures will undoubtedly cause you to...
  7. Rise and Fall of the British Empire Sale

    Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.5 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (99)
    Save up to $345.00 Starting at $54.95 $429.95 $54.95$429.95
    Explore the extensive and robust history of the largest empire in the world with The Rise and Fall of the British Empire. Award-winning Professor Patrick N. Allitt of Emory University leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and ultimately, diminishment—four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your...
  8. The Industrial Revolution

    The Industrial Revolution

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.7 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (80)
    Starting at $229.95 Starting at $229.95 $429.95 $229.95$429.95
    We owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian to examine the extraordinary events and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible era. In 36 fascinating lectures, Professor Allitt introduces you to the inventors, businessmen, and workers responsible for transforming our lives and fueling one of the greatest periods of innovation in human history.
  9. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3 out of 5
    37% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (8)
    Starting at $229.95 Starting at $229.95 $229.95 $229.95$229.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  10. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (13)
    Starting at $229.95 Starting at $229.95 $229.95 $229.95$229.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  11. American Religious History

    American Religious History

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.6 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (98)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    Join historian Professor Patrick N. Allitt in exploring the vital and diverse story of religious life in America from the first European contacts to the late 20th century. Examine religion not only as a set of formal beliefs, ideas, communal or institutional loyalties, and styles of worship, but also as an influence on life "beyond the pews."
  12. The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy

    The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (130)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    Designed to shine a light on the American frontier, The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy reveals the grit and grandeur of an epic period in U.S. history. In 24 lectures, award-winning Professor Patrick N. Allitt uncovers new historical angles on everything from the last stand at the Alamo to the Oregon Trail to the creation of America’s first national parks.
  13. America after the Cold War: The First Thirty Years

    America after the Cold War: The First Thirty Years

    Patrick N. Allitt
    4 out of 5
    45% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (11)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $229.95 $199.95$229.95
    America after the Cold War: The First Thirty Years offers you the chance to step back and look at the complex and ever-evolving story of the United States from 1990 to 2019. Taught by esteemed professor and Great Courses favorite Dr. Patrick Allitt of Emory University, these 12 fascinating lectures tie all the threads of contemporary life together and give you a rich understanding of the world we live in today.
  14. (Set) Conservative Tradition & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $999.90 Starting at $999.90 $1,299.90 $999.90$1,299.90
    Join a team of award-winning professors on a pointed investigation of the ideas, events, and individuals who helped shape America in this two-course set. First, discover how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining and shaping our political tradition with The Conservative Tradition. Then, get a comprehensive guide to the individuals, moments, themes, and philosophies that comprise our nation's dramatic...
  15. (Set) History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts & Victorian Britain  Set

    (Set) History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts & Victorian Britain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $1,029.90 $519.90$1,029.90
    Take an unforgettable tour of two captivating periods in British—and modern—history. The History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts details the changing social, economic, and political structures that unfolded during the reign of the Tudor and Stuart families. Victorian Britain demonstrates how Queen Victoria's iconic rule indelibly affected British life and culture and forever altered the course...
  16. World War II; The American Civ Set

    World War II; The American Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,829.65 Starting at $3,829.65 $3,829.65 $3,829.65$3,829.65
    Discover a range of thrilling new perspectives on American history with this engaging seven-course set. Foundations of Western Civilization II: The History of the Modern Western World is an engaging way to get a comprehensive grounding in the events, personalities, and themes that forged the modern world that America inhabits. Strengthen your understanding of our nation's riveting history in The History of the...
  17. (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Tap into the art and craft of great teaching and insightful reading with this two-course set delivered by award-winning professors. In The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator, develop and enhance your teaching style using invaluable methods, tools, and advice. In The Art of Reading, maximize your effectiveness as a reader with concepts and techniques that will make even the most daunting novel or...
  18. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity; A Brief History of the World; & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity; A Brief History of the World; & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,435.85 Starting at $1,435.85 $1,899.85 $1,435.85$1,899.85
    Master the epic scope of three levels of human history with these three courses that are comprehensive and—more important—easily accessible ways to learn about thousands of years of history. First, explore the monumental history of everything—from the beginning of the universe to the modern day—with Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity. Then, capture the "big...
  19. (Set) History of the United States, 2nd Edition & Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln  Set

    (Set) History of the United States, 2nd Edition & Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,099.90 Starting at $1,099.90 $1,099.90 $1,099.90$1,099.90
    Delve into the dramatic history of the United States of America with these two courses that capture the spirit of one of the greatest nations on Earth. The History of the United States, 2nd Edition is your guide to the men, women, moments, and themes that enabled America to become the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful democratic republic in history. And Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln is your...
  20. (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Enhance and improve your strengths as a teacher and instructor with this two-course set on the craft of effective teaching and reasoning. First, learn how to reach astounding new levels of success as a teacher with The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator. Then, strengthen your ability to argue your views successfully and persuade others that what you think is right with Argumentation: The Study of...