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Professor Peter N. Stearns, Ph.D.

Professor Peter N. Stearns
  • George Mason University
  • Harvard University
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It is more important for American students to learn something about the world as a whole, including how the West fits into larger world patterns, than it is to learn about the Western tradition more narrowly.

Dr. Peter N. Stearns is Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University. He earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude, master's degree, and doctorate in history from Harvard University. Professor Stearns has written widely on world history, including two popular textbooks. Other books include The Industrial Revolution in World History, Gender in World History, Consumerism in World History, Western Civilization in World History, Childhood in World History, and Global Outrage: The Evolution and Impact of World Opinion. He edited the Encyclopedia of World History, 6th edition. He has also written books and articles on emotions, dieting and obesity, old age, and work. Before coming to George Mason University, Professor Stearns taught at the University of Chicago, Rutgers University, and Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon, he won the Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the Spencer Award for Distinguished Teaching. From 1996 to 2006 Professor Stearns chaired the committee that devised the Advanced Placement world history course. He served as vice president of the American Historical Association, Teaching Division, from 1995 to 1998. He is also founder and editor of the Journal of Social History.

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"I have a Ph.D., and have sat through several history classes at two top universities. This was the best history class I have taken, ever! I wish this was offered in my undergraduate years."

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  1. A Brief History of the World Sale

    A Brief History of the World

    Peter N. Stearns
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $39.95 $69.95 $39.95$69.95
    In A Brief History of the World, you'll apprehend "the big picture" of world history from the invention of agriculture in the Neolithic era to the urbanized, technological world of the 21st century. It's a compelling overview of the human experience presented by an award-winning teacher, Professor Peter N. Stearns. You'll examine and compare the peoples, cultures, and nations of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the...
  2. (Set) War and World History & A Brief History of the World  Set

    (Set) War and World History & A Brief History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Examine the history of human civilization from two powerful, provocative, and unique perspectives with this two-course set. In the 48 intriguing lectures of War and World History, discover fresh insights into human society through a penetrating look at the effects of warfare. Then, explore the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe from the Neolithic era to the 21st century with A Brief...
  3. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & A Brief History of the World  Set on sale

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & A Brief History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $716.00 Starting at $93.90 $178.90 $93.90$178.90
    Finally—master the epic sweep of human history in these two fantastic courses. In Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, discover how various scholarly disciplines—including geology, cosmology, anthropology, and history—create a comprehensive picture of history unlike anything you've seen before. In A Brief History of the World, zero in on the history of human...
  4. (Set) A Brief History of the World & Economics, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) A Brief History of the World & Economics, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Venture through the expanse of human development and civilization around the globe with A Brief History of the World. Then, gain a more sophisticated understanding of the fundamentals of economics—from interest rates to globalization—with Economics, 3rd Edition.
  5. (Set) A Brief History of the World & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) A Brief History of the World & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  6. (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 $849.85 Starting at $849.85 $1,644.85 $849.85$1,644.85
    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...
  7. (Set) A Brief History of the World & History of the United States  Set

    (Set) A Brief History of the World & History of the United States

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Take two unique looks at the history of the world and the history of our nation. A Brief History of the World is a "big picture" of world history, from the invention of agriculture to the technologically sophisticated world of today. The History of the United States, 2nd Edition is your comprehensive guide to the people and events that enabled the United States to become the most powerful democratic republic in...
  8. (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.
  9. (Set) Story of Human Language & A Brief History of the World  Set

    (Set) Story of Human Language & A Brief History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Expand your understanding of both human language and the epic scope of human history. The Story of Human Language charts the exciting development of language from a single tongue spoken 150,000 years ago to the estimated 6,000 languages used around the world today. A Brief History of the World explores the "big picture" of world history, from the invention of agriculture to the urbanized 21st century.