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Stearns, Peter N.

Works: 267 works in 1,441 publications in 6 languages and 54,982 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Outlines and syllabi  Reference works  Biography  Case studies  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: HN373, 338.09
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Most widely held works about Peter N Stearns
Most widely held works by Peter N Stearns
The industrial revolution in world history by Peter N Stearns( Book )

41 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Swedish and held by 1,694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The industrial revolution is generally recognized as a major development in world history. Even so, the study of it is routinely handled as simply part of Western European history or as part of individual national histories. Peter Stearns offers a genuinely world-historical approach, looking at the international factors that touched off the industrial revolution and at its global spread and impact. Stearns begins with an examination of industrialization in the West, but he also treats later cases in other societies - including Russia, Japan, and the United States - providing the comparative analysis usually lacking in single-nation treatments. Although Stearns defines the essence of industrialization in terms of technology and economic organization, he pays substantial attention to larger social results, especially changes in the experience of work and shifts in family functions and gender roles. The Industrial Revolution in World History seeks to build on recent scholarly advances to include more fully international and more human views in our understanding of the industrial revolution. This book will be particularly useful for students of world history and economics as well as for those seeking to know more about the global implications of what is arguably the defining socioeconomic event of modern times
European society in upheaval; social history since 1800 by Peter N Stearns( Book )

52 editions published between 1967 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Be a man! : Males in modern society by Peter N Stearns( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of European social history from 1350 to 2000( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,080 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Covering the period from the beginning of the Renaissance to the present, this encyclopedia consists of 209 signed articles and nearly 300 biographical entries. The set is thoroughly indexed, amply illustrated, and a joy to read. Graduate students will find it useful as an introduction to historiography while advanced high school students will enjoy the articles on historical topics."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001
The Encyclopedia of world history : ancient, medieval, and modern, chronologically arranged by Peter N Stearns( Book )

33 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Completely expanded and revised, this indispensable guide to all human history now includes a searchable compact disc of the entire text and maps for quick search of dates, places, and peoples
Gender in world history by Peter N Stearns( Book )

49 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Covering societies from classical times to the twenty-first century, Gender in World History is a fascinating exploration of what happens to established ideas about men, women, and gender roles when different cultural systems come into contact. Now in its third edition, the book has been thoroughly updated"-- Provided by publisher
1848 : the revolutionary tide in Europe by Peter N Stearns( Book )

12 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ABC-CLIO world history companion to the industrial revolution by Peter N Stearns( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revolution" is a powerful, violent word. But it is scarcely powerful or violent enough to describe the changes created by the process known as the industrial revolution. That radical upheaval, which began in England two centuries ago and spread around the globe, completely remade human society. In his introduction to this volume, historian Peter N. Stearns calls the industrial revolution "one of those rare occasions in world history when the human species has altered its framework of existence." In this unique volume, Stearns and coauthor John Hinshaw examine this process of fundamental change, both from a global vantage point and close-up. They chronicle the progress of industrialization from 1760 to the present in all developed countries worldwide. Their goal is to create a portrait of the industrial revolution that reflects both its tremendous scope and its varied forms. The volume focuses on the transformation of industry itself - the impact on work, factories, inventions, and government involvement in the workplace. But it also examines the revolution's enormous social impacts, such as alienation, consumerism, communism, unemployment, and the altered roles of women and black workers. It offers readers an in-depth understanding of the upheaval that has affected our lives more profoundly than any event since the invention of agriculture. Features of this user-friendly volume include a comprehensive introduction that places the industrial revolution in historical and social perspective, an extensive bibliography, a timeline that spans four centuries, and a subject index. The text is enhanced by more than 40 illustrations
Anxious parents : a history of modern childrearing in America by Peter N Stearns( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a dramatic shift in the role of children in American society and families. No longer necessary for labor, children became economic liabilities and twentieth-century parents exhibited a new level of anxiety concerning the welfare of their children and their own ability to parent effectively. What caused this shift in the ways parenting and childhood were experienced and perceived? Why, at a time of relative ease and prosperity, do parents continue to grapple with uncertainty and with unreasonable expectations of both themselves and their children? Peter N. Stearns explains this phenomenon by examining the new issues the twentieth century brought to bear on families. Surveying popular media, "expert" childrearing manuals, and newspapers and journals published throughout the century, Stearns shows how schooling, physical and emotional vulnerability and the rise in influence of commercialism became primary concerns for parents. The result, Stearns shows, is that contemporary parents have come to believe that they are participating in a culture of neglect and diminishing standards. Anxious parents: a modern history of childrearing in America shows the reasons for this belief through an historic examination of modern parenting
Fat history : bodies and beauty in the modern West by Peter N Stearns( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fat History explores the meaning of fat and antifat in modern Western society, focusing on the uniquely moral component of dieting in America. Tracing how Western standards of beauty and physical morality have been radically transformed over the past century, Peter N. Stearns illustrates how the contemporary obsession with fat arose in tandem with the dramatic growth in consumer culture, women's increasing equality, and changes in women's sexual and maternal roles. Contrary to popular belief, fashion and nutrition have played only a secondary role in spurring the American aversion to fat, while the French distaste for obesity can be traced to different origins altogether
Encyclopedia of social history by Peter N Stearns( Book )

13 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emphasizes extensive coverage of the major social history topics and methods. Each entry is followed by one or more references, most emphasize the latest and/or the most comprehensive work
Childhood in world history by Peter N Stearns( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A succinet and deft survey ... Undoubtedly this book will be a godsend to teachers ... In the assured hands of Stearns, with his readily accessible style, readers will come away much better informed ..." Social History of Medicine. "Stearns's treatment is characteristically learned, conceptually sleek, and sensitive to societal and temporal variation." Journal of Social History. "An engaging, well-written, and thoughtful resource for readers who seek a solid understanding of the subject." History of Education Quarterly. Childhood exists in all societies, though there is huge variation in the way it is socially constructed across time and place. Studying childhood historically greatly advances our understanding of what childhood is about and a world history focus permits some of the broadest questions to be asked. Now fully up-to-date, this second edition of Childhood in World History highlights the gains but also the divisions and losses for children across the millennia. --Book Jacket
Consumerism in world history : the global transformation of desire by Peter N Stearns( Book )

38 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Swedish and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The desire to acquire luxury goods and leisure services is a basic force in modern life. This work explores both the historical origins and world-wide appeal of this relatively modern phenomenon
Sexuality in world history by Peter N Stearns( Book )

24 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining sexuality in the past, and exploring how it helps explain sexuality in the present, this work uses a chronological structure to focus on major patterns and changes in sexuality in the main periods of world history, with comparison and discussion across cultures and societies
Cultures in motion : mapping key contacts and their imprints in world history by Peter N Stearns( Book )

26 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kulturens vandringer fra forhistorisk tid til nutiden
American cool : constructing a twentieth-century emotional style by Peter N Stearns( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cool. The concept has distinctly American qualities and it permeates almost every aspect of contemporary American culture. From Kool cigarettes and the Peanuts cartoon's Joe Cool to West Side Story (Keep cool, boy.) and urban slang (Be cool. Chill out.), the idea of cool, in its many manifestations, has seized a central place in our vocabulary. Where did this preoccupation with cool come from? How was Victorian culture, seemingly so ensconced, replaced with the current emotional status quo? From whence came American Cool?. These are the questions Peter Stearns seeks to answer in this timely an
The Spencers of Amberson Avenue : a turn-of-the century memoir by Ethel Spencer( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pensylvania, Pittsburgh, Social life, 1890-1910- Personal observations
Doing emotions history by Susan J Matt( Book )

16 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do emotions change over time? When is hate honorable? What happens when "love" is translated into different languages? Such questions are now being addressed by historians who trace how emotions have been expressed and understood in different cultures throughout history. Doing Emotions History explores the history of feelings such as love, joy, grief, nostalgia as well as a wide range of others, bringing together the latest and most innovative scholarship on the history of the emotions. Spanning the globe from Asia and Europe to North America, the book provides a crucial overview of this emerging discipline. An international group of scholars reviews the field's current status and variations, addresses many of its central debates, provides models and methods, and proposes an array of possibilities for future research. Emphasizing the field's intersections with anthropology, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, data-mining, and popular culture, this groundbreaking volume demonstrates the affecting potential of doing emotions history. Contributors are John Corrigan, Pam Epstein, Nicole Eustace, Norman Kutcher, Brent Malin, Susan Matt, Darrin McMahon, Peter N. Stearns, and Mark Steinberg."-
Growing up : the history of childhood in a global context by Peter N Stearns( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Growing Up combines two flourishing historical fields-the history of childhood and world history-to address the question of how much of childhood is natural and how much is historically determined. The first lecture gauges the impact of the development of agriculture, civilization, and religion upon the premodern experience of childhood. The second lecture contrasts modern perspectives on childhood with more traditional ones before investigating how and why modern perspectives developed and spread. These lectures clearly demonstrate that the transformation of childhood is both recent and sweep." -- Publisher's description
Demilitarization in the contemporary world by Peter N Stearns( Book )

11 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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1848 : the revolutionary tide in Europe
Alternative Names
Peter Stearns Academic, historian

Peter Stearns Amerikaans historicus

Peter Stearns historiador e profesor estadounidense

Peter Stearns historiador e professor americano

Peter Stearns historiador y profesor estadunidense

Stearns, Peter 1936-

Stearns, Peter N.

Stearns, Peter N. 1936-

Stearns, Peter N. (Peter Nathaniel), 1936-

Stearns, Peter Nathaniel.

Stearns, Peter Nathaniel 1936-

بيتر ن. ستيرنز، 1938-

스턴스, 피터 N

Encyclopedia of European social history from 1350 to 2000The Encyclopedia of world history : ancient, medieval, and modern, chronologically arrangedGender in world history1848 : the revolutionary tide in EuropeThe ABC-CLIO world history companion to the industrial revolutionAnxious parents : a history of modern childrearing in AmericaFat history : bodies and beauty in the modern WestEncyclopedia of social history