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. (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...
  2. (Set) Understanding Japan & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    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.
  3. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  4. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90

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  5. (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...
  6. (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 $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$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.
  7. (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & The Other Side of History Set

    (Set) The Big History of Civilizations & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    Take an in-depth look at the fascinating story of our civilization with this two-course set. Trace the story of human existence from our evolution as a species in The Big History of Civilizations. Then, explore human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages with The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.