NIAS Lecture Violence and the history of inequality

11 April 2018 from 16:00 to 17:15 hrs
De Waalse Kerk, Walenpleintje 159, Amsterdam
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The very first NIAS Lecture will be delivered by the distinguished historian Walter Scheidel (Stanford University). In his lecture, 'Violence and the history of inequality', he will present new insights into why inequalities are so persistent in societies - and why this situation is unlikely to improve within the near future.

Violence and the History of Inequality

For thousands of years, inequality of income and wealth has been a defining feature of civilization. Only violent shocks have greatly narrowed the gap between rich and poor: mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse and catastrophic plagues. This lecture examines these processes over the long run of history, and considers the prospects of leveling in today’s more stable world.

About Walter Scheidel

Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. His research focuses on ancient social and economic history, with particular emphasis on historical demography, labour, and state formation. More generally, he is interested in comparative and transdisciplinary approaches to the study of the premodern world and has been trying to build bridges between the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences.

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