Peter Stearns

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Peter N. Stearns

Peter N. Stearns (born 1936) is a professor at George Mason University, where he is provost (since January 1, 2000) with almost forty years of experience as a teacher and administrator. Stearns was Chair of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he founded and edited the Journal of Social History. While at Carnegie Mellon he developed a pioneering approach to teaching World History.

Besides his long career as a historian, he is active in historical groups such as the American Historical Society, the Society for French Historical Studies, the Social Science History Association and the International Society for Research on Emotion. He attended Harvard College and later received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In his prolific career as an author and editor, he has written or edited over 100 works of literature. Stearns once served as chair of the Advanced Placement World History committee.[1] His books include:

  • 1848: The Revolutionary Tide in Europe
  • A Day in the Life
  • American Behavioral History
  • American Cool: Constructing a Twentieth-Century Emotional Style
  • Anxious Parents
  • Battleground of Desire
  • Childhood in World History
  • Consumerism in World History
  • Cultures in Motion
  • Documents in World History
  • Emotion and Social Change
  • Encyclopedia of European Social History
  • The Encyclopedia of World History
  • Fat History
  • Global Outrage
  • Globalization in World History
  • Growing Up
  • The Industrial Revolution in World History
  • Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives
  • Lives of Labour: Work in a Maturing Industrial Society (1975)
  • The Revolutions of 1848 (1974)
  • World Civilizations
  • World History in Brief
  • World History: Patterns of Change and Continuity

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  1. ^ Stearns, Peter. Teaching Consumerism in World History. AP Central. Retrieved 2012-2-25.