Sex and empire: a Darwinian perspective

32Sex and empire: a Darwinian perspective
May 2006
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University – free ebook
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Abstract: This paper draws on evolutionary psychology to elucidate ultimate causation in imperial state formation and predatory exploitation in antiquity
and beyond. Differential access to the means of  reproduction is shown to have been a key feature of
early imperial systems.

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classic