Professor Jonathan P. Roth, Ph.D.

Professor Jonathan P. Roth
  • San José State University
  • Columbia University
I find military history especially challenging and rewarding. War is understudied in today's universities. Both those who make war and those who study it do so in order to end it, but averting one's eyes from cruel truths is not a way to bring about peace.
Dr. Jonathan P. Roth is Professor of History at San Jose State University. He received his B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught at Tulane University in New Orleans, New York University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Roth has researched, written, and lectured extensively on ancient warfare and warfare in world history. He founded and serves as the Director of San Jose State's Burdick Military History Project. His book Logistics of the Roman Army at War, 264 B.C. to A.D. 235 was published in 1999, and his Roman Warfare, a survey textbook, was published in 2009. From 1983 to 1989, Professor Roth served in the New York Army National Guard. He rose to the rank of second lieutenant and served as a platoon leader, a chemical officer, and a mobilization officer. Professor Roth has been widely recognized for his scholarship and teaching. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the Georg August University in Guttingen, Germany. In 2006, he was honored as San Jose State University's Outstanding Professor.
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"Professor Roth has an incredible breadth of knowledge across the entire scope of history. I loved the insights he brought to the course from other cultural aspects of history at the time."

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14 Courses and Sets

  1. War and World History

    War and World History

    Jonathan P. Roth
    3.5 out of 5
    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (58)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Take a highly provocative look at history with War and World History. In these 48 intriguing lectures, celebrated military historian and Professor Jonathan P. Roth offers you fresh insights into human society through a penetrating look at the effects of war. Far from a traditional approach to military events, this panoramic course is the story of the intimate interconnections of war with human cultures and societies...
  2. 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)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    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.
  3. War and World History & War, Peace, and Power Set

    War and World History & War, Peace, and Power

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Witness how warfare and diplomacy have shaped the course of world history. War and World History is the story of the intimate interconnections of war with human cultures and societies across five continents—and how these connections have shaped history. War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500–2000 is a remarkable look at statecraft's impact on war, peace, and power—and how that...
  4. (Set) War and World History & Masters of War Set

    (Set) War and World History & Masters of War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  5. (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & War and World History  Set

    (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  6. (Set) Big History & War and World History Set

    (Set) Big History & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Examine history from two unique vantage points in this two-course set. First, travel back with Big History and explore time from the first life on earth all the way up to the remote future. Then, in War and World History, learn how warfare shaped human history and the current states of civilization.
  7. (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & War and World History  Set

    (Set) Rise and Fall of the British Empire & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Explore the story of the British Empire and root your newfound understanding in the larger context of warfare throughout history. In the 36 lectures of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, explore 400 years of British history that literally remade the world and bequeathed a global legacy that continues to shape life today. And in the 48 intriguing lectures of War and World History, a celebrated military...
  8. (Set)  War and World History & Myth in Human History Set

    (Set) War and World History & Myth in Human History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Profound and illuminating, we look to the mythologies of past civilizations to learn more about history, culture and people. Myths in Human History takes you on an in-depth journey through the stories of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and more. Then get a different perspective of culture and history with War and World History to see how the realities of culture and people can often clash with violent results.
  9. (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...
  10. (Set) Fall and Rise of China & War and World History  Set

    (Set) Fall and Rise of China & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Explore the past to make better sense of today's world with these two courses delivered by captivating historians and award-winning professors. First, discover how China became one of the most important global powers of the 21st century by examining its recent history with The Fall and Rise of China. Then, take a panoramic look at the intimate interconnections of warfare with human cultures and societies across five...
  11. (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 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
  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 $329.90 $329.90$329.90
  13. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $346.00 Starting at $53.90 $53.90 $53.90$53.90
    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.
  14. (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 $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $629.90 $449.90$629.90