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Scheidel, Walter 1966-

Works: 67 works in 356 publications in 4 languages and 12,624 library holdings
Genres: History  Essays  Conference papers and proceedings  Economic history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Collector, Other, Thesis advisor, Contributor, Publishing director, Redactor, edc
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Most widely held works by Walter Scheidel
Rome and China : comparative perspectives on ancient world empires by Walter Scheidel( )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 2,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume which brings together experts in the history of the ancient Mediterranean and early China, makes a first step in this direction by presenting a series of comparative case studies on clearly defined aspects of state formation in early eastern and western Eurasia, focusing on the process of initial developmental convergence. It includes a general introduction that makes the case for a comparative approach, a broad sketch of the character of state formation in western and eastern Eurasia during the final millennium of antiquity, and six thematically connected case studies of particularly salient aspects of this process."--Jacket
Cities, peasants, and food in classical antiquity : essays in social and economic history by Peter Garnsey( )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 2,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixteen essays in the social and economic history of the ancient world, by a leading historian of classical antiquity, are here brought conveniently together. Three overlapping parts deal with the urban economy and society, peasants and the rural economy, and food-supply and food-crisis. While focusing on eleven centuries of antiquity from archaic Greece to late imperial Rome, the essays include theoretical and comparative analyses of food-crisis and pastoralism, and an interdisciplinary study of the health status of the people of Rome using physical anthropology and nutritional science. A variety of subjects are treated, from the misconduct of a builders' association in late antique Sardis, to a survey of the cultural associations and physiological effects of the broad bean
The dynamics of ancient empires : state power from Assyria to Byzantium by Walter Scheidel( )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,724 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 by Walter Scheidel( )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings together twelve influential studies by leading experts in the field. In 1973, Moses Finley unveiled a comprehensive model of the economic underpinnings of classical civilisation. Since then, supporters and critics have turned the study of the ancient economy into what has been called 'an academic battleground'. In recent years, however, a growing number of scholars have aimed to move the debate beyond partisan controversies. This volume takes stock of these developments. Embracing a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives derived from ecology, economics and cultural studies and drawing on literary, documentary and archaeological evidence, the contributions address crucial issues from agricultural production, the uses of money and the creation of markets to the scale of long-distance trade and economic growth in the Greek and Roman periods. In a general introduction and separate headnotes for each chapter, the editors provide a concise survey of recent debates, seeking to situate the different contributions in the broader context of contemporary scholarship. This is the first collection of its kind. It is designed to acquaint beginners as well as more advanced students with a variety of thematic and methodological approaches to the study of economic processes in the ancient world. All terms in foreign or ancient languages have been translated into English or explained in a comprehensive glossary. An up-to-date bibliographical essay covering pertinent scholarship in English offers guidance for further reading and the preparation of term papers. -- Publisher description
The Great Leveler : Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel( Book )

20 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Korean and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
The Cambridge economic history of the Greco-Roman world( Book )

27 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 748 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
The Cambridge companion to the Roman economy by Walter Scheidel( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers readers a comprehensive and innovative introduction to the economy of the Roman Empire. Focusing on the principal determinants, features and consequences of Roman economic development and integrating additional web-based materials, it is designed as an up-to-date survey that is accessible to all audiences. Five main sections discuss theoretical approaches drawn from economics, labor regimes, the production of power and goods, various means of distribution from markets to predation, and the success and ultimate failure of the Roman economy. The book not only covers traditionally prominent features such as slavery, food production and monetization but also highlights the importance of previously neglected aspects such as the role of human capital, energy generation, rent-taking, logistics and human wellbeing, and convenes a group of five experts to debate the nature of Roman trade"--
The Oxford handbook of Roman studies by Alessandro Barchiesi( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies is a unique collection oi fifty-five articles which together explore the ways in which ancient Rome has been, is, ami might be studied. It is intended less as an encyclopaedia of the well-established, and more a research tool to aid the development ol the subject: a guide that does not just inform but also inspires. The emphasis is on the different ways in which evidence can be used, on the breadth and potential of Roman Studies, and on informing dialogue between its subdisciplines, with the aim of widening the perspective of readers as well as meeting their particular needs for informations. The volume includes guidance on primary sources (especially useful in areas where this is complex, such as epigraphy and numismatics), and bibliographies of suggested reading." "The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading international figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences"--Jacket
The Oxford handbook of the state in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean offers a comprehensive survey of ancient state formation in western Eurasia and North Africa. Eighteen experts introduce readers to a wide variety of systems spanning 4,000 years, from the earliest known states in world history to the Roman Empire and its immediate successors. They seek to understand the inner workings of these states by focusing on key issues: political and military power, the impact of ideologies, the rise and fall of individual polities, and the mechanisms of cooperation, coercion, and exploitation. This shared emphasis on critical institutions and dynamics invites comparative and cross-cultural perspectives. A detailed introductory review of contemporary approaches to the study of the state puts the rich historical case studies in context. Transcending conventional boundaries between ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean history and between ancient and early medieval history, this volume will be of interest not only to historians but also anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, and political scientists. Its accessible style and up-to-date references will make it an invaluable resource for both students and scholars
Measuring sex, age and death in the Roman Empire : explorations in ancient demography by Walter Scheidel( Book )

15 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

State power in ancient China and Rome by Walter Scheidel( Book )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two thousand years ago, the Qin/Han and Roman empires were the largest political entities of the ancient world, developing simultaneously yet independently at opposite ends of Eurasia. Although their territories constituted only a small percentage of the global land mass, these two Eurasian polities controlled up to half of the world population and endured longer than most pre-modern imperial states. Similarly, their eventual collapse occurred during the same time. The parallel nature of the Qin/Han and Roman empires has rarely been studied comparatively. Yet here is a collection of pioneering case studies, compiled by Walter Scheidel, that sheds new light on the prominent aspects of imperial state formation. This essential new volume builds on the foundation of Scheidel's Rome and China (2009), and opens up a comparative dialogue among distinguished scholars. They provide unique insights into the complexities of imperial rule, including the relationship between rulers and elite groups, the funding of state agents, the determinants of urban development, and the rise of bureaucracies. By bringing together experts in each civilization, State Power in Ancient China and Rome provides a unique forum to explore social evolution, helping us further understand government and power relations in the ancient world."--
Debating Roman demography( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In conjunction with an extensive critical survey of recent advances and controversies in Roman demography, the four case-studies in this volume illustrate a variety of different approaches to the study of ancient population history. The contributions address a number of crucial issues in Roman demography from the evolution of the academic field to seasonal patterns of fertility, the number of Roman citizens, population pressure in the early Roman empire, and the end of classical urbanism in late antiquity. This is the first collaborative volume of its kind. It is designed to introduce ancient historians and classicists to demographic, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, and to situate and contextualize Roman population studies in the wider ambit of historical demography."--Jacket
Death on the Nile : disease and the demography of Roman Egypt by Walter Scheidel( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A pioneering comparative and multidisciplinary study of the interaction between local disease environments and and demographic structure, this book breaks new ground in reconstructing the population history of Egypt during the Roman period and beyond." "Drawing on a wide range of sources from ancient census data and funerary commemorations to modern medical accounts, statistics and demographic models, the author explores the nature of pre-modern disease patterns, challenges existing assumptions about ancient age structure, and develops a new methodology for the assessment of Egyptian population size." "Contextualising the study of Roman Egypt within the broader framework of pre-modern demography, ecology and medical history, this is the first attempt to interpret and explain demographic conditions in antiquity in terms of the underlying causes of disease and death."--Jacket
On human bondage : after slavery and social death by John P Bodel( )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiscal regimes and the political economy of premodern states by Andrew Monson( )

13 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book represents the first global survey of taxation in the premodern world. What emerges is a rich variety of institutions, including experiments with sophisticated instruments such as sovereign debt and fiduciary money, challenging the notion of a typical premodern stage of fiscal development"--
The science of Roman history : biology, climate, and the future of the past by Walter Scheidel( Book )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How the latest cutting-edge science offers a fuller picture of life in Rome and antiquity. This groundbreaking book provides the first comprehensive look at how the latest advances in the sciences are transforming our understanding of ancient Roman history. Walter Scheidel brings together leading historians, anthropologists, and geneticists at the cutting edge of their fields, who explore novel types of evidence that enable us to reconstruct the realities of life in the Roman world. Contributors discuss climate change and its impact on Roman history, and then cover botanical and animal remains, which cast new light on agricultural and dietary practices. They exploit the rich record of human skeletal material--both bones and teeth-which forms a bio-archive that has preserved vital information about health, nutritional status, diet, disease, working conditions, and migration. Complementing this discussion is an in-depth analysis of trends in human body height, a marker of general well-being. This book also assesses the contribution of genetics to our understanding of the past, demonstrating how ancient DNA is used to track infectious diseases, migration, and the spread of livestock and crops, while the DNA of modern populations helps us reconstruct ancient migrations, especially colonization. Opening a path toward a genuine biohistory of Rome and the wider ancient world, The Science of Roman History offers an accessible introduction to the scientific methods being used in this exciting new area of research, as well as an up-to-date survey of recent findings and a tantalizing glimpse of what the future holds"--
Grundpacht und Lohnarbeit in der Landwirtschaft des römischen Italien by Walter Scheidel( Book )

9 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a slave society? : the practice of slavery in global perspective by Catherine Cameron( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The practice of slavery has been common across a variety of cultures around the globe and throughout history. Despite the multiplicity of slavery's manifestations, many scholars have used a simple binary to categorize slave-holding groups as either 'genuine slave societies' or 'societies with slaves'. This dichotomy, as originally proposed by ancient historian Moses Finley, assumes that there were just five 'genuine slave societies' in all of human history: ancient Greece and Rome, and the colonial Caribbean, Brazil, and the American South. This book interrogates this bedrock of comparative slave studies and tests its worth. Assembling contributions from top specialists, it demonstrates that the catalogue of five must be expanded and that the model may need to be replaced with a more flexible system that emphasizes the notion of intensification. The issue is approached as a question, allowing for debate between the seventeen contributors about how best to conceptualize the comparative study of human bondage
The great leveler : violence and the history of inequality from the stone age to the twenty-first century by Walter Scheidel( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An essential contribution to the debate about inequality, this audiobook provides important new insights about why inequality is so persistent-and why it is unlikely to decline anytime soon
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Rome and China : comparative perspectives on ancient world empires
Cities, peasants, and food in classical antiquity : essays in social and economic historyThe dynamics of ancient empires : state power from Assyria to ByzantiumThe ancient economyThe Cambridge economic history of the Greco-Roman worldThe Oxford handbook of Roman studiesDebating Roman demographyDeath on the Nile : disease and the demography of Roman Egypt
Alternative Names
Walter Scheidel Amerikaans historicus

Walter Scheidel historian

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