L. S. Stavrianos
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L. S. Stavrianos
L. S. Stavrianos
DiedMarch 23, 2004(2004-03-23) (aged 91)
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Clark University
Scientific career
InstitutionsQueens, Smith, Northwestern, UCSD

Leften Stavros Stavrianos (1913 - March 23, 2004) was a Greek-Canadian historian. His most influential books are considered to be A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century and The Balkans since 1453. He was one of the first historians to challenge Orientalist views of the Ottoman Empire.


Stavrianos was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1913. He received a B.A. in history from the University of British Columbia, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Stavrianos joined the faculty of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He then became a professor at Northwestern University in 1946. After retiring from Northwestern in 1973, Stavrianos joined the University of California, San Diego Department of History until 1992.


  • A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 1998 [1970]. ISBN 978-0-13-923897-0.
  • The Balkans since 1453. With an introduction by Traian Stoianovich. New York: NYU Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8147-9766-2.CS1 maint: others (link)online free to borrow
Chronological list
  • The Movement for Balkan Unity to 1912 (1937 Clark University dissertation)
  • Balkan Federation: A History of the Movement toward Balkan Unity in Modern Times (1942, 1944)
  • First Balkan Alliance System, 1860-1876 (1942)
  • Greece: The War and Aftermath ... (1945)
  • Greece: American Dilemma and Opportunity (1952)
  • The Ottoman Empire: Was It the Sick Man of Europe? (1957, 3rd ed. 1966)
  • Antecedents to the Balkan Revolutions of the Nineteenth Century (1957)
  • The Balkans Since 1453 (1958, 2nd ed. 2000, 4th ed. 2008)
  • A Global History of Man (1962)(with many co-authors)
  • Readings in World History (1962, 3rd ed. 1970), 784 p.
  • The Balkans, 1815-1914 (1963)
  • The Soviet Union: A Culture Area in Perspective (1964)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: A Culture in Perspective (1964)(with Loretta Kreider Andrews)
  • Latin America: A Culture Area in Perspective (1965)(with George I. Blankenstein)
  • India: A Culture Area in Perspective (1966)(with Lacey Baldwin Smith)
  • China: A Culture Area in Perspective (1966)(with Roger F. Hackett)
  • The Middle East: A Culture Area in Perspective (1966)
  • The World Since 1500: A Global History (1966)
  • The Epic of Modern Man: A Collection of Readings (1966, 2nd ed. 1971)
  • The Epic of Man to 1500: A Collection of Readings (1970)
  • The World to 1500: A Global History (1970; 3rd ed. 1983; 7th ed. 1999)
  • Man's Past and Present: A Global History (1971)(abridgement of World to/since 1500, 2nd ed.)
  • The World of Mankind: Man the Toolmaker (1973)
  • The Promise of the Coming Dark Age (1976)
  • Global Rift: The Third World Comes of Age (1981)
  • Lifelines from Our Past: A New World History (1989, rev. ed. 1997)

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