Walter Scheidel
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).

Written by Walter Scheidel

The Course of Empire: Destruction (1836) by Thomas Cole. Courtesy Met Museum, New York/Wikipedia

Essay/
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

Walter Scheidel

A return to equality; an American soldier comes home after the Second World War. Photo by Lambert/Getty

Essay/
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?

Walter Scheidel