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."

27 Courses and Sets

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27 Courses and Sets

  1. Foundations of Eastern Civilization Sale

    Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Craig G. Benjamin
    4.5 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (69)
    Save up to $410.00 Starting at $44.95 $109.95 $44.95$109.95
    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...
  2. The Big History of Civilizations Sale

    The Big History of Civilizations

    Craig G. Benjamin
    4.3 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (46)
    Save up to $285.00 Starting at $39.95 $99.95 $39.95$99.95
    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. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.8 out of 5
    57% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    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.
  4. (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 $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  5. (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
  6. (Set)  Eastern Civilization & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (Set) Eastern Civilization & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  7. (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 $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$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....
  8. (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...
  9. (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 $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  10. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    As you’ll learn in this two-course set, Eastern civilization has a fascinating story, with consequences that matter deeply to our lives today. Explore China’s majestic empire through the lives of imperial subjects, from courtiers and poets to merchants, scholars, and courtesans in Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. And, take a grand journey to explore the big accomplishments of Eastern...
  11. (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Explore the fascinating story of Eastern civilization and the consequences that matter deeply to our lives today with this two-course set. Broaden your philosophical view of the world, and of East Asian history, with Books That Matter: The Analects of Confucius. Then, take a grand journey to explore the big accomplishments of Eastern civilization, from the material economy to the political and religious philosophies...
  12. (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 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  13. (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & Maya to Aztec Set

    (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & Maya to Aztec

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $504.90 Starting at $504.90 $904.90 $504.90$904.90
    Discover the grand sweep of human history with this unique, multidisciplinary set. Take a journey across time and around the world to examine key trends and patterns of humanity’s expansion across the globe with The Big History of Civilizations. Then, explore the epic story of Mesoamerican history and culture in Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed.
  14. (Set) Understanding Japan & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $629.00 Starting at $66.90 $160.90 $66.90$160.90
    This two-course set provides unprecedented insight into the development of many Eastern cultures. Foundations of Eastern Civilization takes you on a grand journey to explore the accomplishments of the East, from the economies to the religious philosophies that bind these cultures together. Then take a deeper dive in Understanding Japan: A Cultural History, with a magical tour of a fascinating and complex nation.
  15. (Set) Understanding Eastern Tradition Set

    (Set) Understanding Eastern Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.80 Starting at $709.80 $1,404.80 $709.80$1,404.80
    The four courses of Understanding Eastern Tradition embark on a grand journey across the nations of Asia to explore their remarkable influences on the world. From the material economy to the philosophies that spread across boundaries and cultures, dive into every facet of life in Asia. Get a better understanding and appreciation of customs, traditions, and beliefs that make the Eastern way of life so fascinating.