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Commended for The HCSS Bookshelf (chosen by Stephan De Spiegeleire) 2017 2017; Short-listed for Financial Times ( Best Books of 2017: Economics, chosen by Martin Wolf 2017; Short-listed for 201
Princeton University Press
Mokyr, Joel (series ed.)
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45 b/w illus.
203 x 133 x 31 mm
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The Great Leveler

Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

Häftad Engelska, 2018-09-07
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Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that it never dies peacefully. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world. The "Four Horsemen" of leveling-mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic plagues-have repeatedly destroyed the fortunes of the rich. Today, the violence that reduced inequality in the past seems to have diminished, and that is a good thing. But it casts serious doubt on the prospects for a more equal future. An essential contribution to the debate about inequality, The Great Leveler provides important new insights about why inequality is so persistent-and why it is unlikely to decline anytime soon.
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"The Great Leveler should set off loud alarm bells.... The range of evidence is breathtaking."-Timur Kuran, Foreign Affairs "A readable and quirky history of economic inequality from the great apes to the modern day.... It is well worth the read. It is, in a word, gripping."-Victoria Bateman, Times Higher Education "Sweeping and provocative."-New Yorker "Mr Scheidel's evidence is so persuasive that readers will find themselves cheering on the Black Death as a boost to median wages."-Janan Ganesh, Financial Times "Walter Scheidel's The Great Leveler is a smartly argued book.... For anybody who has ever debated issues related to inequality and their broader meaning, this book provides more than just a powerful thought experiment."-Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times "A superb book."-Steven Pinker, Times Literary Supplement "'s Books of the Year 2017, chosen by Mark Koyama" "One of World's 2017 Books of the Year in "Understanding the World"" "One of the CNBC 13 Best Business Books of 2017" "One of The Wall Street Journal's What Business Leaders Read in 2017, chosen by Mohamed A. El-Erian" "One of Financial Times ( Best Books of 2017: Economics, chosen by Martin Wolf" "One of the "2017 Books of the Year" in Economics and Business" "One of Project Syndicate's Best Reads in 2017 (chosen by Dambisa Moyo)" "Selected for The HCSS Bookshelf (chosen by Stephan De Spiegeleire) 2017" "One of the Microsoft Best Business Books of 2017" "One of The New York Times Deal Book "Business Books Worth Reading" 2017 (chosen by Andrew Sorkin)" "One of The Wall Street Journal's What Business Leaders Read in 2017" "One of BBC History Magazine's Books of the Year 2017" "strategy+business Best Business Book of 2017 in Economics" "Shortlisted for the 2017 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award" "Shortlisted for the 2017 Cundill History Prize, McGill University"

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Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. The author or editor of seventeen previous books, he has published widely on premodern social and economic history, demography, and comparative history. He lives in Palo Alto, California.