Book Launch: ‘Ideology and Mass Killing’ with Dr. Jonathan Leader Maynard


Dr. Jonathan Leader Maynard launched his new book Ideology and Mass Killing, which offers a dedicated, comparative theory of ideology's role in mass killing.

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New Video Recording: Stateless Commerce: A Lecture by Barak Richman

In this talk, Barak Richman will describe what is known about stateless commercial networks, how to understand them within the context of modernity, and what limits they reveal about the modern state.  He will then explore new questions about how stateless networks and their host polities adapt, co-evolve, and suffer decline.


New Video Recording: A Golden Age of Barbarians? A Lecture by James C. Scott

In this lecture, James C. Scott challenges dominant historical narratives about non-state populations. He argues that by dominating trade routes, extracting tribute, and providing the connective tissue between large population centers, “barbarian” life was in general freer, more leisurely, healthier, and, contra Hobbes, less violent than life in the centers of civilization.