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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…
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.…
The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations
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|February 23, 2014

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A groundbreaking look at Western and Eastern social development from the end of the ice age to today In the past thirty years, there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the West became so powerful. The Measure of Civilization presents…
Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve
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|May 30, 2017

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The best-selling author of Why the West Rules-for Now examines the evolution and future of human values 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 Greeks: History, Culture, And Society

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

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When 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…
Simple Machines
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|October 15, 2018

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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…
The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World

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In this, the first comprehensive one-volume survey of the economies of classical antiquity, twenty-eight chapters summarise the current state of scholarship in their specialised fields and sketch new directions for research. The approach taken is both thematic,…
The Dynamics of Ancient Empires: State Power from Assyria to Byzantium

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Transcending ethnic, linguistic, and religious boundaries, early empires shaped thousands of years of world history. Yet despite the global prominence of empire, individual cases are often studied in isolation. This series seeks to change the terms of the debate…
The Ancient Economy: Evidence and Models

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Historians and archaeologists normally assume that the economies of ancient Greece and Rome between about 1000 BC and AD 500 were distinct from those of Egypt and the Near East. However, very different kinds of evidence survive from each of these areas, and…
The Ancient Economy: Updated with a new foreword by Ian Morris
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|March 1, 1999

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"Technical progress, economic growth, productivity, even efficiency have not been significant goals since the beginning of time," declares M. I. Finley in his classic work. The states of the ancient Mediterranean world had no recognizable real-property market,…
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