Professor Craig G. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Professor Craig G. Benjamin
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Macquarie University
These big ideas of Eastern civilization emerged thousands of years ago, but they endured and shaped the long history of these regions all the way to the present.

Dr. Craig G. Benjamin is Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where he teaches East Asian civilization, big history, ancient Central Asian history, and historiography. He earned his undergraduate education at The Australian National University in Canberra and Macquarie University in Sydney, and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Macquarie University. Professor Benjamin has received several awards for teaching, including the 2012 Faculty of Distinction Award from Omicron Delta Kappa Society (a national leadership honor society) and the 2009 Student Award for Faculty Excellence from the GVSU Student Senate. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Yuezhi: Origin, Migration and the Conquest of Northern Bactria and Readings in the Historiography of World History. He is coauthor (with David Christian and Cynthia Stokes Brown) of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything. Professor Benjamin is an officer of the World History Association and the International Big History Association. He is also a consultant for The College Board and a member of the SAT World History Subject Committee and the Advanced Placement World History Development Committee.

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"Professor Benjamin is astonishing in both his knowledge and his ability to convey it. He is, thankfully, extremely well organized."

32 Courses and Sets

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32 Courses and Sets

  1. The Mongol Empire

    The Mongol Empire

    Craig G. Benjamin
    4.7 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (10)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Taught by Professor Craig Benjamin of Grand Valley State University, this course follows the Mongol mounted warriors who emerged out of Central Asia in the 13th century to conquer much of the known world. Although the Mongols fought with unparalleled brutality, they aspired to many of the civilized values of their victims and helped trigger long-lasting cultural interchange between East and West.
  2. The Big History of Civilizations Sale

    The Big History of Civilizations

    Craig G. Benjamin
    4.2 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (57)
    Save up to $300.00 Starting at $34.95 $384.95 $34.95$384.95
    The Big History of Civilizations is your chance to apply a cutting-edge historical approach to the epic story of humanity across time and around the world. Taught by acclaimed Professor Craig G. Benjamin of Grand Valley State University, these 36 sweeping lectures trace the grand story of human civilizations from our emergence as a species, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions, and into the future.
  3. Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Craig G. Benjamin
    4.5 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (87)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    So much of our historical knowledge is rooted in Western civilization. But Eastern civilization has its own fascinating story, with consequences that matter deeply to our lives today. Now you can take a grand journey to explore the big accomplishments of Eastern civilization, from the material economy of day-to-day life to the political and religious philosophies that would bind Eastern cultures together for...
  4. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.8 out of 5
    66% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (9)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  5. (Set)  Eastern Civilization & The Fall and Rise of China Set

    (Set) Eastern Civilization & The Fall and Rise of China

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  6. (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  7. (Set)  Eastern Civilization & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Eastern Civilization & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  8. (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
    Explore some of the world’s greatest civilizations, from ancient to modern times, in this comprehensive course set. Start with Foundations of Eastern Civilization, 48 lectures that explore the history, politics, governments, art, science, and technology of Eastern countries, from the beginnings of Chinese history in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras to the rise of the Asian tigers in the 20th century....
  9. (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Foundations of Eastern Civilization  Set

    (Set) The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Learn about the pivotal role that nomadic peoples and Eastern civilizations played in toppling empires, fomenting cultural exchange, and laying the foundations for the modern world in this thought-provoking set. In The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes, see how the nomads of the Eurasian steppes had an enormous impact on subsequent civilizations, including having a hand in the fall of the Roman empire, the sack...
  10. (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Foundations of Eastern Civilization & Foundations of Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  11. (Set) A History Of India & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) A History Of India & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $749.00 Starting at $102.90 $904.90 $102.90$904.90
    Prepare for an epic journey and get a more nuanced picture of world history with this two-course set. Start with a breathtaking survey of South Asia’s peoples and cultures in A History of India. Then explore the big accomplishments of Eastern civilization with Foundations of Eastern Civilization.
  12. (Set) History’s Greatest Voyages of Exploration & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) History’s Greatest Voyages of Exploration & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Get a thorough understanding of history with this set. First, follow the gripping stories of history's greatest explorers. Then, delve deeper into the East and explore its history and culture.
  13. (SET) The Mongol Empire & The Ottoman Empire Set

    (SET) The Mongol Empire & The Ottoman Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Travel back in time to experience the wonder, turmoil, and legacy of two great Eastern empires. Start with The Mongol Empire, in which an award-winning historian recounts the storied conquests and achievements of one of the largest, most brutal, and most enlightened realms the world has ever known. Then investigate the nature of Ottoman identity, the achievements and oddities of the sultan’s court, and stories of...
  14. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
  15. (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & The Big History of Civilizations Set

    (Set) Ancient Mesopotamia & The Big History of Civilizations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Take a cutting edge historical approach to ancient history with this two-course set. Start by meeting Ancient Mesopotamia through recently recovered documents and new discoveries in Ancient Mesopotamia: Life in the Cradle of Civilization. Then, trace the story of human civilizations from our evolution as a species, through our major adaptations and revolutions, and into the future with The Big History of...
  16. (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & Archaeology Set

    (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & Archaeology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Find out what history teaches us about what it means to be human with this two-course set. Take a journey across time and around the world to examine key trends and patterns of humanity’s expansion across the globe in The Big History of Civilizations. Then, explore over 20 of the most significant and enthralling archaeological sites on the planet with Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites.
  17. (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Craig G. Benjamin
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $904.90 $469.90$904.90
    Every civilization has its own fascinating story, with consequences that matter deeply to our lives today. From Paleolithic foragers to the agricultural and industrial revolutions to the 21st century and beyond, gain new insights into the breadth and depth of human civilization with The Big History of Civilizations. Then, take a grand journey to explore the big accomplishments of Eastern civilization with...
  18. (Set) Maya to Aztec & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) Maya to Aztec & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
    Understand early civilizations with this set. First, in Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed, marvel at the advanced civilizations that once shocked and baffled the world. Then, in Foundations of Eastern Civilization, follow the development of the societies on the Asian continent.
  19. (SET) The Mongol Empire & The Big History of Civilizations Set

    (SET) The Mongol Empire & The Big History of Civilizations

    Craig G. Benjamin
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Learn how empires (and even civilizations) rise and fall with this two-course set that brings together The Mongol Empire and The Big History of Civilizations. In the first course, an award-winning historian recounts the storied conquests and achievements of one of the largest, most brutal, and most enlightened realms the world has ever known. And in the second, take a cutting-edge historical approach to the epic...
  20. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $329.90 $329.90$329.90