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

Ian Morris

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.

About the Authors

Ian Morris

Ian Morris is the author of several books, including Why the West Rules - For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future.  He is a history professor at Stanford University. 


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

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  • Sunday, June 1st at 2am (ET)
  • Sunday, May 11th at 11am (ET)
  • Saturday, May 3rd at 7:45pm (ET)
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