Professor in the Humanities, Classics and History, Stanford University
Walter Scheidel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Catherine R Kennedy and Daniel L Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University in California. His latest book is The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (2017).
Nations and empires
The road from Rome
The fall of the Roman Empire wasn’t a tragedy for civilisation. It was a lucky break for humanity as a whole
Politics and government
The bloodstained leveller
Throughout history, plagues and wars have left greater equality in their wake. Can we get there again without violence?