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Professor Kenneth J. Hammond, Ph.D.

Professor Kenneth J. Hammond
  • New Mexico State University
  • Harvard University
In their traditional historiography, the Xia dynasty is where Chinese history really begins.
Dr. Kenneth J. Hammond is Professor of History and Director of The Confucius Institute at New Mexico State University. He earned his B.A. from Kent State University and his graduate degrees from Harvard University-an A.M. in East Asian Regional Studies and a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages. Professor Hammond's research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of China in the late imperial era from the 10th through the 18th centuries, and especially the history of the Ming dynasty. He has published articles and translations on a wide range of subjects, including Chinese gardens, and is the editor of The Human Tradition in Premodern China, a biographical reader for undergraduate students. Professor Hammond received numerous grants and fellowships, including a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to work with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and an Affiliated Fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden, the Netherlands. Professor Hammond is past president of the Society for Ming Studies and served on the board of directors of the Southwest Association for Asian Studies.
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"Professor Hammond is an outstanding story teller.  This course was fascinating and very comprehensive.  The teacher and course were a true delight!"

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12 Courses and Sets

  1. From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    Kenneth J. Hammond
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    In a world grown increasingly smaller, China seems somehow to remain as most of us have always seen it: a land far away and exotic, its history and thoughts veiled from most Westerners. Yet behind that veil lies one of the most amazing civilizations the world has ever known. Join award-winning Professor Kenneth J. Hammond for an in-depth exploration into China's fascinating history. Every lecture of this course may...
  2. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    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.
  3. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & A Brief History of the World  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & A Brief History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History delivers a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Then, place this great civilization within the larger scope of world history in A Brief History of the World, which explores the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe.
  4. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Investigate the fascinating and rich histories of two great nations with the guidance of award-winning professors in this two-course set. In From Yao to Mao: 5,000 Years of Chinese History, learn about the powerful dynasties, philosophical foundations, and larger-than-life personalities who have shaped China's history. History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev is your chance to explore the last 300 years...
  5. (Set) Fall and Rise of China & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History  Set

    (Set) Fall and Rise of China & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Survey thousands of years of Chinese history in this exciting two-course set. In The Fall and Rise of China, explore the human struggles, political upheavals, and spectacular speed of modern China's spectacular rebirth. Then, travel even further back in time to explore the dynasties, philosophical foundations, and larger-than-life personalities that influenced and shaped Chinese life, politics, culture, and thought...
  6. (Set) Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia; Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean; A History of Ancient Egypt; & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History  Set

    (Set) Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia; Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean; A History of Ancient Egypt; & From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.80 Starting at $849.80 $1,644.80 $849.80$1,644.80
    Survey the history and impact of some of ancient history's greatest civilizations with this four-course set. Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia takes you on an insightful journey through the area bordered by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great. Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean is an impressive and rare...
  7. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Egypt  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Egypt

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Explore the breathtaking scope and influence of two unparalleled human civilizations. In History of Ancient Egypt, take an engrossing and comprehensive journey through the mysteries of early Egyptian history. From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History delivers a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating countries in the world.
  8. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History; History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev; & African Experience: From "Lucy" to Mandela  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History; History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev; & African Experience: From "Lucy" to Mandela

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.85 Starting at $599.85 $1,124.85 $599.85$1,124.85
    China, Russia, Africa—three vast continents whose breathtaking histories and enduring themes you explore in this three-course set. From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History reveals the truths about one of the most amazing civilizations the world has ever known. A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev is your chance to explore the last 300 years of Russian history through the eyes of its...
  9. Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi Set

    Ancient Greek Civilization; Hi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,619.65 Starting at $2,619.65 $2,619.65 $2,619.65$2,619.65
    In this engrossing seven-course set, explore some of the world's greatest cities, countries, and civilizations—all from the comfort of your own home. Journey back to the cultural wonders of 14th- and 15th-century Italy with The Italian Renaissance and The Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. Then survey the fascinating histories of four great civilizations with Ancient Greek Civilization, The History of...
  10. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Rome  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & History of Ancient Rome

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Travel back in time and around the world from the comfort of your own home with these two history courses that plunge you into thousands of years of drama and excitement. From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History delivers a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history. The History of Ancient Rome gives you a richly detailed look inside...
  11. (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia  Set

    (Set) From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History & Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    In this two-course set, survey the epic scope and captivating grandeur of China and ancient Mesopotamia—two civilizations with an untold impact on the course of human history and the current state of our world. In From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History, uncover the truths about one of the most amazing civilizations the world has ever known. Then, get a detailed image not only of larger Mesopotamian...
  12. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.