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Volcanic UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Evening Course

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0113B
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Clockwise: Pompeii, Mount Fuji, Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, Thingvellir National Park

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There are 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world. Each of them offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. Join Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, for in-depth looks at four UNESCO World Heritage sites that have been profoundly affected by nearby volcanoes, from Pompeii to Virunga National Park. Each lavishly illustrated program goes far beyond the typical tourist experience, incorporating insights drawn from current scholarship and research. Jacobs is the author of several books, including The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He is currently producing a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for The Great Courses.

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Spread out over a scenic rift valley riddled with unique geologic features, Thingvellir National Park marks the site of the first open-air parliament in Iceland and serves as the historical backdrop for the transformation of seafaring Vikings into some of the most isolated and hardy farmers in the world. The session explores the Viking migrations, their strategies for survival on an impoverished and volatile island, and the innovative political institutions they developed to prevent large-scale violence on Iceland.

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