In the last 50 years, knowledge of archaeology, anthropology, history, evolution, genetics and linguistics has exploded. A new synthesis of history is emerging, suggesting that people are all much the same and the societies we create all develop in much the same ways. What varies is the places in which societies develop. Biology and geography have driven a 150,000-year story of cooperation and competition. By projecting forward the patterns of the past and the forces that disrupt them, we can begin to see where the 21st century might take us.
Ian Morris is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2015-16.
Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS.
LSE IDEAS (@LSEIDEAS) is a foreign policy think-tank within LSE's Institute for Global Affairs.
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A Theory of Everything: evolution, history and the shape of things to come (pdf)
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