Professor Thomas Childers, Ph.D.

Professor Thomas Childers
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Harvard University
Facts don’t change, but we do, and our perspective on them changes. We learn new things, and as a result of this, it is necessary to reevaluate ... what we have known and how it looks different to us at this particular point.

Dr. Thomas Childers is Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching for over 25 years. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.

Professor Childers has held visiting professorships at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge, Smith College, and Swarthmore College. He is a popular lecturer abroad as well, in London, Oxford, Berlin, and Munich.

Professor Childers has won several teaching awards, including the Ira T. Abrahms Award for Distinguished Teaching and Challenging Teaching in the Arts and Sciences, the Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching in History, and the Senior Class Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Professor Childers is the author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. He is currently completing a trilogy on the Second World War. The first volume, Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II, was praised by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post as “a powerful and unselfconsciously beautiful book.”

Testimonials

"In 20 years of education I never had a professor like Tom Childers. If there were a Nobel prize for teaching, he would get it. I have found all his courses really exceptional."

 

 

"If I had had Professor Childers when I was in college, maybe I'd have been a history major instead of a pre-med.  He knows his subject so perfectly, its as if he's telling you a story and it's fascinating."

 

 

"Professor Childers is a brilliant and fascinating lecturer.  His courses are so interesting if they were in a book I could not put it down."

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  1. World War II: A Military and Social History Sale

    World War II: A Military and Social History

    Thomas Childers
    4.6 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (163)
    Save up to $290.00 Starting at $34.95 $374.95 $34.95$374.95
    This course examines one of the greatest conflicts in human history, World War II. Between 1937 and 1945, 55 million people perished. It was a series of interrelated conflicts; no continent was left untouched, no ocean or sea unaffected. World War II taught lessons that none of us can ever study enough. Professor Thomas Childers uses the dual perspective of military and social history to explain both the epic course...
  2. History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition Sale

    History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

    Thomas Childers
    4.4 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (251)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $14.95 $199.95 $14.95$199.95
    This course, graphic at times, helps you solve the puzzle of Hitler's rise to power in a highly-educated, industrially developed country. Professor Childers meticulously investigates the roots of Nazi support, bringing you back to the disastrous Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I and taking you through the horrifying details of Hitler's ideology and the holocaust.
  3. Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

    Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

    Thomas Childers
    4.8 out of 5
    73% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (61)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Do you want to improve your understanding of where we are today, how we got here, why the 20th century unfolded as it did, and even what the next millennium might hold? This perceptive, richly documented course covers the history and global impact of Europe since the French Revolution.
  4. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3 out of 5
    37% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (8)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $199.95 $29.95$199.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  5. (Set) History of Russia/World War II Set

    (Set) History of Russia/World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
  6. (Set) World War I & World War II  Set on sale

    (Set) World War I & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $598.00 Starting at $151.90 $749.90 $151.90$749.90
    In the 20th century, two epic wars forever altered the course of human history. Get a comprehensive look at these conflicts in two fascinating courses. In World War I: The "Great War," award-winning Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, you'll see inside the years between 1914 and 1918 to examine history's "Great War." Then in World War II: A Military and Social History, follow renowned war historian and Professor...
  7. (Set) American Civil War & World War II: A Military and Social History  Set

    (Set) American Civil War & World War II: A Military and Social History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Experience the triumphs and tragedies of two defining wars in world history. Examine the experience of the American Civil War, from the front lines of battle to the home fronts of the Union and the Confederacy, in American Civil War. Afterward, examine the people, battles, and legacies of the 20th century's most monumental conflict in World War II: A Military and Social History.
  8. (Set) World War II/Churchill Set

    (Set) World War II/Churchill

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $574.90 $289.90$574.90
  9. (Set) Masters of War & History of Hitler's Empire Set

    (Set) Masters of War & History of Hitler's Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Investigate the legacies of individuals who, for good or ill, shaped history through warfare in this thought-provoking two- course set. In Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers, you'll explore both the content and historical context of the world's finest war strategists. And in A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition, you'll get answers to two burning issues that have nagged humankind for more than...
  10. (Set) Churchill & History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) Churchill & History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $346.00 Starting at $26.90 $399.90 $26.90$399.90
    Discover the answers to questions about the lives and legacies of two individuals who, for better or worse, shaped much of the 20th century. First, in Churchill, get a well-rounded grasp of how Winston Churchill became the man who rallied the British people and helped defeat tyranny during World War II. Then, in A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition, learn how a man like Adolf Hitler and a movement like Nazism...
  11. (Set)  Turning Points in American History & World War II Set

    (Set) Turning Points in American History & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    In World War II: A Military and Social History examine one of the greatest conflicts in human history. Between 1937 and 1945, 55 million people perished. It was a series of interrelated conflicts; no continent was left untouched, no ocean or sea unaffected. World War II taught lessons that none of us can ever study enough. Professor Thomas Childers uses the dual perspective of military and social history to explain...
  12. (Set) History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age  Set

    (Set) History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
  13. (Set) European History  and European Lives & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age   Set

    (Set) European History and European Lives & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  14. (Set) Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917/World War II: A Military and Social History  Set

    (Set) Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917/World War II: A Military and Social History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  15. (Set) Interpreting the 20th Century/Europe and Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Interpreting the 20th Century/Europe and Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90
  16. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price! Set

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$799.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre; A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition; What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear; and My Favorite Universe in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and...
  17. (Set) World War II: Military and Social History/History of Hitler's Empire  Set

    (Set) World War II: Military and Social History/History of Hitler's Empire

    Thomas Childers
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $289.90 $289.90$289.90
  18. (Set) African Experience: From "Lucy" to Mandela & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age  Set

    (Set) African Experience: From "Lucy" to Mandela & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  19. (Set) Victorian Britain/Europe and Western Civ. in the Modern Age Set

    (Set) Victorian Britain/Europe and Western Civ. in the Modern Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $449.90 $449.90$449.90
  20. (Set) Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century/History of Hitler's Empire Set

    (Set) Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century/History of Hitler's Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90