Peter Turchin
scientist and author, Connecticut

Peter Turchin is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut and Vice-President of the Evolution Institute. He wrote War and Peace and War: the Rise and Fall of Empires.

Written by Peter Turchin

A portrait of Vladimir Putin is held aloft during celebrations in the main square of the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 21, 2014. Photo by Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Essay/
Politics and government
Russia’s sacred land

To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works

Peter Turchin

Jack Whinery and family, homesteaders photographed in Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Photo courtesy the Library of Congress

Essay/
Economics
Return of the oppressed

From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles. The future looks like a rough ride

Peter Turchin