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The persistence of violence: an interview with Ian Morris

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Ian Morris is a historian and archaeologist. He teaches at Stanford University in the United States. In his 2010 book “Why the West Rules—For Now”, Morris offered a long-run account of the west’s global hegemony. As one reviewer observed, this was history on a grand scale in the manner of Toynbee and Marx: the origins of the story Morris was telling there lay in agricultural innovations made in the western core some time around 9500BC.

His latest book, “War! What Is It Good For?”, is no less ambitious and…

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