Peter N. Stearns, Provost and University Professor, George Mason University; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Social History
Host: David Inge
In the affluent, industrial societies of the world today, life is good. Most people live long lives, without fear of plague, famine or war. So why is there depression, anxiety, unfulfilled longing? In short, why has abundance not led to greater happiness? That’s the question we’ll take up with our guest, historian Peter Stearns. We’ll talk about some of the ideas in his book "Satisfaction Not Guaranteed." The book looks at the ways people in the past thought about progress, and asks whether we can be truly happy in the modern world.