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."

29 Courses and Sets

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29 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917; World War I: The "Great War" & World War II: A Military and Social History  Set

    (Set) Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917; World War I: The "Great War" & World War II: A Military and Social History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,124.85 Starting at $1,124.85 $1,124.85 $1,124.85$1,124.85
    Get a comprehensive look at the 20th century's two epic wars—and the global climate that spawned them—in these three fascinating courses. The Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917 answers many questions about the broadly defined period between the French Revolution and World War I. In World War I: The "Great War," investigate the key moments in this watershed event, grasp the war's...
  2. Era of the Crusades; World War Set

    Era of the Crusades; World War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,274.70 Starting at $2,274.70 $2,274.70 $2,274.70$2,274.70
    Travel back to the front lines and home fronts of history's greatest military conflicts in this six-course set that takes you inside the furious heart of ancient and modern warfare. In Great Battles of the Ancient World, take a pointed look at some of human civilization's earliest conflicts, then plunge into the thick of battle between the ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta in The Peloponnesian War—the...
  3. (Set) Churchill/European and Western Civilization  Set

    (Set) Churchill/European and Western Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $339.90 $339.90$339.90
  4. World War II; The American Civ Set

    World War II; The American Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,679.65 Starting at $1,679.65 $1,679.65 $1,679.65$1,679.65

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    Discover a range of thrilling new perspectives on American history with this engaging seven-course set. Foundations of Western Civilization II: The History of the Modern Western World is an engaging way to get a comprehensive grounding in the events, personalities, and themes that forged the modern world that America inhabits. Strengthen your understanding of our nation's riveting history in The History of the...
  5. (Set) Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age  Set

    (Set) Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations & Europe and Western Civilization in the Modern Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  6. (Set) History of the United States & World War II  Set

    (Set) History of the United States & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $959.90 Starting at $959.90 $1,124.90 $959.90$1,124.90
    Get the full grasp on U.S. history—the way you've always wanted to. The History of the United States, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive exploration of the individuals, moments, and ideas that shaped our great nation over its relatively short history. World War II: A Military and Social History takes you deep inside the greatest conflict of the 20th century, one in which the United States played a vital role.
  7. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    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. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  8. (Set) American Military History & World War II Set

    (Set) American Military History & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Dig deep into how America became a superpower with this two-course set. Study warfare the way it’s taught at the United States Military Academy with American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents. Then, engross yourself in a comprehensive overview one of the largest events in history with World War II: A Military and Social History.
  9. (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & World War II Set

    (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Delve into a fascinating period of British history with this two-course set. Start with a well-rounded look at one of the most iconic statesman with How Winston Churchill Changed the World. Then, look into the origins and strategies behind the greatest conflict in human history with World War II: A Military and Social History.