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War! What Is It Good For?

by Ian Morris

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...


The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations

by Ian Morris

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...


Why the West Rules--for Now

by Ian Morris

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,...


Teaching Happiness and Well-Being in Schools, Second edition

by Ian Morris

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...


The Dynamics of Ancient Empires: State Power from Assyria to Byzantium

by Ian Morris & Walter Scheidel

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...