Book signing begins at 6:30pm.
Lecture begins at 7:00pm.
Now in its third season, the Contemporary Historians at the Presidio series features nationally renowned historians exploring themes in American and world history. The Contemporary Historians series is part of the Presidio Heritage Program, which offers immersive, informative, and emotionally engaging experiences revealing the Presidio’s rich and ever-evolving history.
Why the West Rules -- for Now
Sometime around 1750, the astounding energies of coal and steam were unleashed, and the world was forever changed. The West rose to power in the 19th century with the emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats and secured its global supremacy in the 20th century with the development of computers and nuclear weapons. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, the emerging economic power of China and India threatens to end the West’s role as a superpower. As geography and human ingenuity continue to interact, the world will change in astonishing ways. To understand these possibilities, Morris looks back in time and into the future. Why, exactly, has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and how will the coming changes transform Western rule?
Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University. He grew up in Britain and studied at Birmingham and Cambridge Universities before moving to the University of Chicago in 1987 and on to Stanford University in 1995. Between 2000 and 2007, he directed Stanford’s archaeological excavations at Monte Polizzo in Sicily. In 2012 he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Morris has published 12 books and more than a hundred essays in scholarly journals and newspapers. His book Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What they Reveal About the Future (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010) won three literary awards and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Nature, and the London Evening Standard.