About the Author
Bennett D. Hill (deceased), a former Chairman and Professor of History at the University of Illinois, received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1963. He taught at the University of Maryland and was most recently a visiting professor at Georgetown University. He published two books and many journal articles.
John Buckler, a Professor of History at the University of Illinois, earned his doctorate at Harvard University in 1973. He has published numerous journal articles and written a monograph, The Theban Hegemony, published by Harvard University Press.
Patricia B. Ebrey, Professor with Joint Appointment: Early Imperial China, Song Dynasty, at the University of Washington in Seattle, received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. She has published numerous journal articles and published The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Cambridge University Press, 1996). Her monographs include The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period (University of California Press, 1993) and Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China: A Social History of Writing about Rites (Princeton University Press, 1991). She is a co-author of East Asia: A Cultural, Social, and Political History and author of China: A Cultural, Social, and Political History (both Houghton Mifflin, 2006).
Roger B. Beck, Distinguished Professor of History at Eastern Illinois University, received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1987, specializing in African History. He teaches courses in African History, World History, 20th-Century World History, and Third World History. He has taught history to high school and college students in Cape Town, London, Tokyo, and Paris. He is the author of numerous journal articles, The History of South Africa (Greenwood Press, 2000), and co-author of World History: Patterns of Interaction, and Modern World History, high school textbooks published by McDougal-Littell. He currently serves as treasurer of the World History Association.