Ian Morris


About Ian Morris - Historian and Speaker on Global Economy:

Historian Ian Morris is interested in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries, and his latest book, Why the West Rules . . . For Now has bolstered his reputation as one our most important, and interesting, historians. The book asks how geography and natural resources have shaped the distribution of wealth and power around the world across the last 20,000 years and how they will shape our future. Ian's thought-provoking Big Picture view of the changes sweeping the global economy appeals to both
and investment groups.

From 2000 through 2006 Professor Morris directed Stanford University's excavation at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian town of the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. As well as suggesting new ways of thinking about how indigenous peoples responded to ancient Greek colonialism, the project's finds have also opened up new perspectives on the similarities and differences between periods of imperial expansion in ancient to modern times.

Morris came to Stanford from the University of Chicago in 1995, and since then has served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Chair of the Classics Department, and Director of the Social Science History Institute. He also founded and has directed the Stanford Archaeology Center. His teaching includes classes on world history, ancient Greece, slavery, and archaeology. He has appeared on numerous television shows and his prizes and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.

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What Ian Morris Talks About:

  • The Rise of the East: What to Worry About–and What to Welcome
  • When We’re Not Number One: What to Expect from the 21st Century
  • Globalization and Instability: The Lessons of History
  • Five Hundred Years of War, Peace, and Business
  • The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Where America Stands
  • Five Thousand Years of Rolling Back the State
  • Responding to Technological Change

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