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The Great Leveler

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

By Walter Scheidel
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The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel

The Great Leveler (2017) takes a look at the inequality faced by different societies throughout history. It highlights war, plague and other major catastrophes as a leveler of the unequal distribution of power and property, prompting the question: can equality be achieved in a non-violent manner?

  • People interested in the history of inequality
  • Students of politics
  • Those who enjoy learning about different societies

Walter Scheidel holds degrees in both history and biology and is a professor of humanities at Stanford University. He has published many books, including the successful Slavery in the Ancient World.

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