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Morris, Ian 1960-

Works: 48 works in 366 publications in 4 languages and 13,442 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, ed, Contributor
Classifications: CB481, 938
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Morris
War! What is it good for? : conflict and the progress of civilization from primates to robots by Ian Morris( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A powerful and provocative exploration of how war has changed our society--for the better "War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, " says the famous song--but archaeology, history, and biology show that war in fact has been good for something. Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer. In War! What Is It Good For? the renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris tells the gruesome, gripping story of fifteen thousand years of war, going behind the battles and brutality to reveal what war has really done to and for the world. Stone Age people lived in small, feuding societies and stood a one-in-ten or even one-in-five chance of dying violently. In the twentieth century, by contrast--despite two world wars, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust--fewer than one person in a hundred died violently. The explanation: war, and war alone, has created bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments that have stamped out internal violence. Strangely enough, killing has made the world safer, and the safety it has produced has allowed people to make the world richer too. War has been history's greatest paradox, but this searching study of fifteen centuries of violence suggests that the next half century is going to be the most dangerous of all time. If we can survive it, the age-old dream of ending war may yet come to pass. But, Morris argues, only if we understand what war has been good for can we know where it will take us next"--
Death-ritual and social structure in classical antiquity by Ian Morris( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this innovative book Dr Morris seeks to show the many ways in which the excavated remains of burials can and should be a major source of evidence for social historians of the ancient Graeco-Roman world. Burials have a far wider geographical and social range than the surviving literary texts, which were mainly written for a small elite. They provide us with unique insights into how Greeks and Romans constituted and interpreted their own communities. In particular, burials enable the historian to study social change. Yet hitherto they have been conspicuously under-studied. Ian Morris illustrates the great potential of the material in these respects with examples drawn from societies as diverse in time, space and political context as archaic Rhodes, classical Athens, early imperial Rome and the last days of the western Roman empire. The methods and arguments used have relevance for historians, anthropologists and sociologists of other cultures and societies, and it is one of Dr Morris' and the series' major aims to enable interdisciplinary exchange of ideas across conventional academic frontiers
Classical Greece : ancient histories and modern archaeologies( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The archaeology of classical Greece developed in the shadow of Greek historical scholarship, and it has restricted itself too modestly to the study of individual artefacts. A wide variety of modern developments in archaeology have been neglected, and classical archaeology has become something of a backwater. The contributors to this book review the history of the field and aim to demonstrate that modern archaeological approaches can contribute to a richer understanding of Greek society. They also insist that this complex, literate and highly unusual system of states poses important questions for archaeologists of other regions
Burial and ancient society : the rise of the Greek city-state by Ian Morris( Book )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The measure of civilization : how social development decides the fate of nations by Ian Morris( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the last thirty years, there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the West became so powerful. The Measure of Civilization presents a brand-new way of investigating these questions and provides new tools for assessing the long-term growth of societies. Using a groundbreaking numerical index of social development that compares societies in different times and places, award-winning author Ian Morris sets forth a sweeping examination of Eastern and Western development across 15,000 years since the end of the last ice age. He offers surprising conclusions about when and why the West came to dominate the world and fresh perspectives for thinking about the twenty-first century. Adapting the United Nations' approach for measuring human development, Morris's index breaks social development into four traits--energy capture per capita, organization, information technology, and war-making capacity--and he uses archaeological, historical, and current government data to quantify patterns. Morris reveals that for 90 percent of the time since the last ice age, the world's most advanced region has been at the western end of Eurasia, but contrary to what many historians once believed, there were roughly 1,200 years--from about 550 to 1750 CE--when an East Asian region was more advanced. Only in the late eighteenth century CE, when northwest Europeans tapped into the energy trapped in fossil fuels, did the West leap ahead. Resolving some of the biggest debates in global history, The Measure of Civilization puts forth innovative tools for determining past, present, and future economic and social trends. Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and professor of history at Stanford University. His most recent book is the award-winning Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) which has been translated into eleven languages."--Publisher's website
The Cambridge economic history of the Greco-Roman world( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this, a one-volume survey of classical antiquity, 28 chapters summarise the current state of scholarship in their specialised fields and sketch new directions for research. It represents a major advance in our understanding of the economic expansion that made the civilisation of the classical Mediterranean world possible.--Résumé de l'éditeur
A new companion to Homer by Ian Morris( Book )

29 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is the first English-language survey of Homeric studies to appear for more than a generation, and the first such work to attempt to cover all fields comprehensively. Thirty leading scholars from Europe and America provide short, authoritative overviews of the state of knowledge and current controversies in the many specialist divisions in Homeric studies. The chapters pay equal attention to literary, mythological, linguistic, historical, and archaeological topics, ranging from such long-established problems as the "Homeric Question" to newer issues like the relevance of narratology and computer-assisted quantification. This handbook, the third in Brill's series The Classical Tradition, will be valuable at every level of study, from the general student of literature to the Homeric specialist seeking a general understanding of the latest developments across the whole range of Homeric scholarship."--Jacket
Archaeology as cultural history : words and things in Iron Age Greece by Ian Morris( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book shows the reader how much archaeologists can learn from recent developments in cultural history. Cultural historians deal with many of the same issues as postprocessual archaeologists, but have developed much more sophisticated methods for thinking about change through time and the textuality of all forms of evidence. The author uses the particular case of Iron Age Greece (c. 1100-300 BC) to argue that text-aided archaeology, far from being merely a testing ground for prehistorians' models, is in fact in the best position to develop sophisticated models of the interpretation of material culture."--Jacket
Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels : how human values evolve by Ian Morris( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a successor work to Why the West Rules for Now, in which Morris once again advances an ambitious account of how certain 'brute material forces' limit and help determine the 'culture, values, and beliefs, ' including the moral codes, that humans have adopted over the last 20,000 years. The present volume originated as Ian Morris's Tanner Lectures on Human Values, delivered at Princeton University in November of 2012"--Introduction
The dynamics of ancient empires : state power from Assyria to Byzantium by Walter Scheidel( Book )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The world's first known empires took shape in Mesopotamia between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf, beginning around 2350 BCE. The next 2,500 years witnessed sustained imperial growth, bringing a growing share of humanity under the control of ever-fewer states. Two thousand years ago, just four major powers - the Roman, Parthian, Kushan, and Han empires - ruled perhaps two-thirds of the earth's entire population. Yet despite empires' prominence in the early history of civilization, there have been surprisingly few attempts to study the dynamics of ancient empires in the western Old World comparatively. Such grand comparisons were popular in the eighteenth century, but scholars then had only Greek and Latin literature and the Hebrew Bible as evidence, and necessarily framed the problem in different, more limited, terms. Near Eastern texts, and knowledge of their languages, only appeared in large amounts in the later nineteenth century. Neither Karl Marx nor Max Weber could make much use of this material, and not until the 1920s were there enough archaeological data to make syntheses of early European and west Asian history possible. But one consequence of the increase in empirical knowledge was that twentieth-century scholars generally defined the disciplinary and geographical boundaries of their specialties more narrowly than their Enlightenment predecessors had done, shying away from large questions and cross-cultural comparisons. As a result, Greek and Roman empires have largely been studied in isolation from those of the Near East. This volume is designed to address these deficits and encourage dialogue across disciplinary boundaries by examining the fundamental features of the successive and partly overlapping imperial states that dominated much of the Near East and the Mediterranean in the first millennia BCE and CE."--Jacket
The ancient economy : evidence and models by M. I Finley( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historians and archaeologists normally assume that the economies of ancient Greece and Rome between about 1000 B.C. and A.D. 500 were distinct from those of Egypt and the Near East. However, very different kinds of evidence survive from each of these areas, and specialists have, as a result, developed very different methods of analysis for each region. This book marks the first time that historians and archaeologists of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome have come together with sociologists, political scientists, and economists, to ask whether the differences between accounts of these regions reflect real economic differences in the past, or are merely a function of variations in the surviving evidence and the intellectual traditions that have grown up around it
The Greeks : history, culture, and society by Ian Morris( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. Organized chronologically, this book presents a complete picture of Greek civilization as a history. It features sections on the art, architecture, literature, and thought of each period. Names and dates are provided, and cultural achievements and social transformations that accompanied the cascade of historical events are carefully examined. This comprehensive, balanced treatment of ancient Greece covers its history from the prehistoric through the Mycenaean Period, the Dark Ages, the Classical Period, the Hellenistic, and the absorption of Greek culture by Rome
Wer regiert die Welt? warum Zivilisationen herrschen oder beherrscht werden by Ian Morris( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in German and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gibt es einen roten Faden durch die Geschichte, der uns im Rückblick zeigt, wohin die Zukunft uns führt? Der US-Wissenschaftler Ian Morris, ein Universalgelehrter im besten Sinne, antwortet: Ja, doch wir werden ihn nicht in der Geschichte der letzten 500 Jahre finden. Konsequent rollt er Jahrtausende neu auf und lässt aus einer Vielzahl historischer Fakten, archäologischer Funde, naturwissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse und empirischer Methoden ein überwältigendes Bild der Menschheitsgeschichte entstehen. Ian Morris ist gebürtiger Brite und seit zwanzig Jahren Historiker und Archäologe an der University of Chicago und der Stanford University. Er ist Autor zahlreicher Veröffentlichungen und häufig Studiogast im amerikanischen Fernsehen. Seine Arbeiten sind preisgekrönt und werden gefördert u.a. von der Guggenheim Foundation und der National Geographic Society. Von 2000 bis 2006 leitete er Ausgrabungen auf dem Monte Polizzo, Sizilien, eines der größten archäologischen Projekte im westlichen Mittelmeerraum
Why the West rules--for now : [the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future] by Ian Morris( )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ian Morris covers nearly fifty thousand years of history and brings together the latest findings across disciplines not only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the future will bring in the next hundred years
Democracy 2500? : questions and challenges( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The measure of civilisation : how social development decides the fate of nations by Ian Morris( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers insight into the index of social development that measures change in East and West. The author argues that to understand the development of East and West, we need to look beyond 'long-term lock-in' theories (that suggest it was inevitable) and 'short-term accident' theories
Krieg : Wozu er gut ist by Ian Morris( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hauptbeschreibung ""War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing""--Heißt es in einem legendären Antikriegssong. Stimmt nicht, sagt Stanford-Historiker Ian Morris. Seine umfassende Globalgeschichte enthüllt eine ungeheuerliche Wahrheit: Zu allen Zeiten hat Krieg Leben vernichtet - aber auch Innovationen gebracht, Gesellschaften erneuert, Frieden und Fortschritt vorangetrieben. Der Krieg hat etwas Gutes, lautet die kontroverse These vom Meister des ""Big Picture"". Ist Krieg als Triebfeder des Fortschritts sogar notwendig - auch heute noch? Morris riskiert nicht nur eine provokante
The patterns of history and what they reveal about the future by Ian Morris( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why does the West rule? This title answers this provocative question, drawing on 15,000 years of history and archaeology, and the methods of social science
Verwoesting & vooruitgang : hoe oorlog de menselijke beschaving heeft gevormd by Ian Morris( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Dutch and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historisch betoog dat oorlog op de lange termijn leidt tot meer veiligheid en welvaart
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Death-ritual and social structure in classical antiquity
Alternative Names
Ian Morris Amerikaans antropoloog

Ian Morris englischer Althistoriker, Archäologe, Hochschullehrer

Ian Morris (historien)

Morris, I.

Morris, Ian Matthew 1960-

Моррис, Иэн Мэттью

ایان موریس

모리스, 이언

モリス, イアン

伊恩·莫里斯 美国历史学家

Classical Greece : ancient histories and modern archaeologiesBurial and ancient society : the rise of the Greek city-stateThe Cambridge economic history of the Greco-Roman worldA new companion to HomerArchaeology as cultural history : words and things in Iron Age GreeceThe dynamics of ancient empires : state power from Assyria to ByzantiumThe ancient economy : evidence and modelsThe Greeks : history, culture, and society