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- Cambridge University Press 1992; US$ 36.00
Shows how the excavated remains of burials are a major source of evidence for social historians of the ancient Graeco-Roman world. more...
- McClelland & Stewart 2011; US$ 29.99
Why does the West rule? In this magnum opus, eminent Stanford polymath Ian Morris answers this provocative question, drawing on 50,000 years of history, archeology, and the methods of social science, to make sense of when, how, and why the paths of development differed in the East and West ? and what this portends for the 21st century. There are two... more...
- Profile Books 2014; US$ 20.00
War is one of the greatest human evils. It has ruined livelihoods, provoked unspeakable atrocities and left countless millions dead. It has caused economic chaos and widespread deprivation. And the misery it causes poisons foreign policy for future generations. But, argues bestselling historian Ian Morris, in the very long term, war has... more...
- Profile Books 2013; US$ 33.33
In Why the West Rules - For Now Ian Morris argues that to understand the development of East and West, we need to look beyond 'long-term lock-in' theories (that suggest it was inevitable) and 'short-term accident' theories. Instead, we need to measure social development - a group's ability to master its environment to get things done - and use the... more...
- Profile Books 2010; US$ 15.98
Why did British boats shoot their way up the Yangzi in 1842, rather than Chinese ones up the Thames? Why do Easterners use English more than Europeans speak in Mandarin or Japanese? To put it bluntly, why does the West rule? There are two schools of thought: the 'Long-Term Lock In' theory, suggesting some sort of inevitability, and the 'Short-Term... more...
- Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 19.95
In the last thirty years, there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the West became so powerful. The Measure of Civilization presents a brand-new way of investigating these questions and provides new tools for assessing the long-term growth of societies. Using a groundbreaking numerical index of social development that... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 30.99
A powerful and provocative exploration of how war has changed our society--for the better "War! . . . . / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing," says the famous song--but archaeology, history, and biology show that war in fact has been good for something. Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer. In War! What... more...
- Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95
Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But most people who lived during the 10,000 years before the nineteenth century thought just the opposite. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, biology, and history, Ian Morris, author of the best-selling Why the West Rules?for... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 28.99
Preface. 1. Ancient States, Empires, and Exploitation: Problems and Perspectives, Jack Goldstone and John Haldon. 2. The Neo-Assyrian Empire, Peter Bedford. 3. The Achaemenid Empire, Josef Wiesehofer. 4. The Greater Athenian State, Ian Morris. 5. The Political Economy of the Roman Empire, Keith Hopkins. 6. The Byzantine Empire, John Haldon. 7. Sex... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 15.99
Homer's Iliad is one of the foundational texts of Western Civilization. The timelessness of its story, of men battling fate amidst the horrors of war, still stirs the imaginations of readers year after year. What is offered here is the first translation by someone who is both an eminent scholar and published poet. Based on his thorough familiarity... more...