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Ian Morris

Ian Morris

Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics
Faculty, Stanford Archaeology Center
B.A., Birmingham University, 1981
Ph.D., Cambridge University, 1985

Ian Morris is a historian and archaeologist. He has dug in Britain, Greece, and Italy, most recently as director of Stanford's excavation at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian site from the age of Greek colonization. He began his career studying the rise of the Greek city-state, then moved on to ancient economics, and now works on global history since the Ice Age. He has published fourteen books. One of them, Why the West Rules--For Now (2010), has been translated into thirteen languages, and the most recent, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve (2015), into six. In addition to digging and writing, he regularly speaks to academic, business, government, and strategy groups, and has been a visiting professor in the University of Zurich's executive MBA program. At Stanford he has served as chair of the Classics department, director of the Archaeology Center, and Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences. He has held several research awards, including Guggenheim and Andrew Carnegie fellowships, and has won a Dean's Award for excellence in teaching and several literary prizes. He is also a fellow of the British Academy, the Society of Antiquaries, and the Secular Policy Institute, and is a contributing editor at Stratfor, a stratgic forecasting company. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his wife, one dog, five cats, two horses, and a peacock.


March 2015
From Princeton University Press:
"Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth...
April 2014
From Farrar, Straus and Giroux : “War! . . . . / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing,” says the famous song—but archaeology, history, and...
January 2013
In the last thirty years, there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the West became so powerful. The Measure of...
October 2010
Sometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of...
Ian Morris, Barry B. Powell
July 2009
Organized chronologically, this book presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history. It features sections on the art, architecture,...
January 2009
The world's first known empires took shape in Mesopotamia between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf, beginning around...
December 2007
In this, the first comprehensive one-volume survey of the economies of classical antiquity, twenty-eight chapters summarise the current state of...