Ian Morris - War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots ♦
Morris, the author of Why the West Rules—for Now, teaches history, classics, and archaeology at Stanford, and he draws on these and other disciplines in his study of the role of war in maintaining civilization. Looking back some thousands of years, Morris argues that armed conflict is not at odds with stable societies, but has been used to make the world safer. Now, however, war itself is changing, and to understand its new dangers, we need to study its past benefits. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Beer and wine will be available.