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War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots

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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.…
Burial and Ancient Society: The Rise of the Greek City-State

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This study of the changing relationships between burial rituals and social structure in Early Iron Age Greece will be required reading for all archaeologists working with burial evidence, in whatever period. This book differs from many topical studies of state…
Death-ritual And Social Structure In Classical Antiquity

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The chief purpose of this book is to show how burials may be used as a uniquely informative source for Greek and Roman social history. Burials permit a far wider range of inference and insight than the literary texts produced by and for a narrow social elite, and…
The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations

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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…
Why The West Rules - For Now: The Patterns Of History, And What They Reveal About The Future

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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…
Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

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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,…
Archaeology as Cultural History: Words and Things in Iron Age Greece

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This book shows the reader how much archaeologists can learn from recent developments in cultural history.
Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

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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,…
When Bad Things Happen To Rich People
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|October 1, 2014

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W hen Bad Things Happen to Rich People is a novel of social satire, a black comedy set in Chicago in the summer of 1995. The novel’s protagonist, Nix Walters, is an adjunct instructor of English at a communications college in the loop with few prospects for…
The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society
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|June 25, 2009

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Organized chronologically, this text presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history and features sections on the art, architecture, literature, and thought of each period.
The Dynamics of Ancient Empires State Power from Assyria to Byzantium

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The world's first known empires took shape in Mesopotamia between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf, beginning around 2350 BCE. The next 2,500 years witnessed sustained imperial growth, bringing a growing share of humanity under…
The Little Magazine in Contemporary America
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|April 9, 2015

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Little magazines have often showcased the best new writing in America. Historically, these idiosyncratic, small-circulation outlets have served the dual functions of representing the avant-garde of literary expression while also helping many emerging writers…