Walter scheidels the great leveler is a smartly argued book as you may be able to tell from the title mr scheidel makes the case that throughout history inequality has led only to terrible things think pandemics and wars. The great leveller by walter scheidel review an end to inequality is economic disparity only ever reduced by war revolution and catastrophe paul mason is more optimistic the world can change. The great leveler violence and the history of inequality from the stone age to the twenty first century by walter scheidel princeton university press 528pp 2795. Economic history that examines the mechanisms and prospects of lessening inequality in our time the rich and poor have been with us always or at least writes scheidel humanities stanford univ state power in ancient china and rome 2015 etc surpluses have and with them humans who were . Walter scheidel author of the great leveler provides a scientifically rigorous excruciatingly detailed and politically agnostic survey of wealth inequality from pre history to the present the focus is on factors that reduce or level that inequality and the core message is disheartening
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