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Author and scholar Ian Morris is a professor of classics and history at Stanford University, where he also serves as a fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center. Morris has published more than 10 books and over 80 articles on archaeology and history. His work has been recognized with awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Mellon Foundation, National Geographic Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His latest historical book, “War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), analyzes war from prehuman times to the present day and explores the controversial idea that, though harmful, war has changed our society for the better. In this provocative account, Morris dissects 15,000 years of war and violence, explaining the paradox that killing has made humanity safer and richer.

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Ian Morris

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