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The Resource The great leveler : violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century, Walter Scheidel

The great leveler : violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century, Walter Scheidel

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The great leveler : violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century
Title
The great leveler
Title remainder
violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century
Statement of responsibility
Walter Scheidel
Title variation
  • Violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century
  • Violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st century
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Language
eng
Summary
"Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world. Ever since humans began to farm, herd livestock, and pass on their assets to future generations, economic inequality has been a defining feature of civilization. Over thousands of years, only violent events have significantly lessened inequality. The "Four Horsemen" of leveling--mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic plagues--have repeatedly destroyed the fortunes of the rich. Scheidel identifies and examines these processes, from the crises of the earliest civilizations to the cataclysmic world wars and communist revolutions of the twentieth century. Today, the violence that reduced inequality in the past seems to have diminished, and that is a good thing. But it casts serious doubt on the prospects for a more equal future. An essential contribution to the debate about inequality, The Great Leveler provides important new insights about why inequality is so persistent--and why it is unlikely to decline anytime soon." -- Publisher's description
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BTCTA
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1966-
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Scheidel, Walter
Dewey number
305.5/12
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM821
LC item number
.S235 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Princeton economic history of the Western world
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  • Equality
  • Violence
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The great leveler : violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century, Walter Scheidel
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-493) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The challenge of inequality -- Part I. A brief history of inequality : The rise of inequality -- Empires of inequality -- Up and down -- Part II. War : Total war -- The great compression -- Preindustrial warfare and civil war -- Part III. Revolution : Communism -- Before Lenin -- Part IV. Collapse : State failure and systems collapse -- Part V. Plague : The black death -- Pandemics, famine, and war -- Part VI. Alternatives : Reform, recession, and representation -- Economic development and education -- What If?: From history to counterfactuals -- Part VII. Inequality redux and the future of leveling : In our time -- What does the future hold? -- Appendix : The limits of inequality
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 504 pages
Isbn
9780691165028
Lccn
2016953046
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • ocn958799667
  • (OCoLC)958799667
  • 2050227
Label
The great leveler : violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century, Walter Scheidel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-493) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The challenge of inequality -- Part I. A brief history of inequality : The rise of inequality -- Empires of inequality -- Up and down -- Part II. War : Total war -- The great compression -- Preindustrial warfare and civil war -- Part III. Revolution : Communism -- Before Lenin -- Part IV. Collapse : State failure and systems collapse -- Part V. Plague : The black death -- Pandemics, famine, and war -- Part VI. Alternatives : Reform, recession, and representation -- Economic development and education -- What If?: From history to counterfactuals -- Part VII. Inequality redux and the future of leveling : In our time -- What does the future hold? -- Appendix : The limits of inequality
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 504 pages
Isbn
9780691165028
Lccn
2016953046
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn958799667
  • (OCoLC)958799667
  • 2050227

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