Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series
For thousands of years, inequality of income and wealth has been a defining feature of civilization. Only violent shocks have greatly narrowed the gap between rich and poor: mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse and catastrophic plagues. This lecture examines these processes over the long run of history, and considers the prospects of leveling in today’s more stable world.
Walter Scheidel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. He has published widely on premodern social and economic history, historical demography, and the comparative global history of labor regimes, state formation and inequality. His latest book, The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017.
Walter Scheidel, The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2017)
5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery (Portland Campus)