About the Program
Ian Morris, history professor at Stanford University, argues that 15,000 years of war has advanced civilization. The author reports that throughout human history war has begat larger societies, which in turn create governments that diffuse internal violence and better conditions for economic gain. Mr. Morris contends that although horrific, war has also been the catalyst for greater personal safety. He reports a person in the 20th century, living in an industrialized society, had a one-in-one hundred chance of dying violently, compared to a one-in-ten chance during the Stone Age. Ian Morris speaks at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.