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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

Essay/
Cultures and languages
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

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