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  • Why the West Rules--for Nowby Ian Morris

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 17.50

    A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 Sometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West's rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the... more...

  • Why The West Rules - For Nowby Ian Morris

    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...

  • Death-Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquityby Ian Morris

    Cambridge University Press 1992; US$ 42.00

    Shows how the excavated remains of burials are a major source of evidence for social historians of the ancient Graeco-Roman world. more...

  • The Measure of Civilisationby Ian Morris

    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... more...

  • War! What Is It Good For?by Ian Morris

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 14.00

    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 Is It... more...

  • War: What is it good for?by Ian Morris

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 14.65

    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 in fact... more...

  • War: What is it good for?by Ian Morris

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 14.65

    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 in fact... more...

  • The Measure of Civilisationby Ian Morris

    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... more...

  • Teaching Happiness and Well-Being in Schools, Second editionby Ian Morris

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 27.99

    This updated edition is a theoretical and practical guide to implementing a well-being programme in your school. The book covers three areas: well-being as a philosophy of education, the teaching approach to well-being and the content that might form a well-being programme in a school. It is also a manifesto for a meaningful aim to education. There... more...

  • Simple Machinesby Ian Morris

    Gibson House Press 2018; US$ 9.99

    Living in an apartment above the bike shop owned by his embittered father, Tomas Zimmermann keeps company with Grey and Callie, his best friends since childhood. At summer's end, Tom leaves for Madison where he falls in with an unusual and ultimately destructive crowd. As the book approaches a climax, Grey and Callie reappear with trouble of their... more...