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Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change

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ISBN-13: 978-0275957551
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"Richly eclectic, [this book] is an indispensible addition to the historical, sociological, peace and futures literature. It invites dialogue on our ways of knowing about social change, historical dynamics, and violent and non-violent futures. Drawing on the writings of macro or "big-picture" histories, it offers fascinating insights about various civilizational traditions and theorizing about social change processes. It highlights the limitations of Western-centric claims to correctly know the patternings of history whilst raising the challenge of moving beyond hard deterministic thinking."-Francis P. Hutchenson Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Inquiry University of Western Sydney, Australia Author, Educating Beyond Violent Futures

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JOHAN GALTUNG is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Universitet i Tromsö, and Universität Witten/Herdecke. He is a past winner of the Right Livelihood Award (informally known as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize). He is the author or editor of more than 71 books.

SOHAIL INAYATULLAH is presently Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology and author of numerous books on Islamic and Indian perspectives on social theory./e

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Product Details

  • Series: American Literature; 2
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (September 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275957551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275957551
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Macrohistory is the study of history itself. While the historian tries to understand events and processes in a chronological order, the macrohistorian stands back and tries to find a pattern in the histories of civilizations. Macrohistory is not a summary of histories; nor is it a vast collection of detailed histories of countries, periods or civilizations. It is an abstraction from such histories. Its focus is on the way civilizational units behave over time. As such, it is a challenging, deeply philosophical and, of course, theory-ridden enterprise. Indeed, for those with a bias for empirical evidence, many of the abstract laws or patterns detected by macrohistorians would not be valid because they refer to the future which, they would reason, need not be conditioned in ways the macrohistorian predicts. And yet, despite these limitations, some of the world's most original minds have turned to macrohistorical theorising. Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, both well known scholars in many fields, have now brought together twenty important macrohistorians in this book. The selected macrohistorians are as follows: Ssu-Ma Ch'ien (145-190? B.C) Augustine (354-430); Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406); Giambattista Vico (1668-1744); Adam Smith (1723-1790); Hegel (1770-1831); Auguste Comte (1798-1857); Karl Marx (1818-1883); Spencer (1820-1903); Pareto (1848-1923); Weber (1864-1920); Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925); Spengler (1880-1936); Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955); Pitirim Sorokin (1889-1968); Toynbee (1889-1975); Gramsci (1891-1937); P. Rainjan Sarkar (1921-1990) Riane Eisler (b.1931) and James Lovelock. `It is not possible even to give a brief summary of the major theories of these macrohistorians in this review.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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Richly eclectic, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an indispensable addition to the historical, sociological, peace and futures literature. It invites dialogue on our ways of knowing about social change, historical dynamics and violent and non-violent futures. Drawing on the writings of macro or big-picture histories, it offers fascinating insights about various civilizational traditions and theorizing about social change processes. It highlights the limitations of Western-centric claims to correctly know the patterns of history whilst raising the challenge of moving beyond hard deterministic thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is a rich exploration of patterns in history through the works of twenty macrohistorians from a variety of cultures and eras. The book is particularly valuable for the way it synthesizes the contributions of each and includes interpretative chapters that explore their significance. This is a coherent and rare guide to big picture thinking and hence essential groundwork to underpin the long view ahead. A magnificent achievement
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
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Remarkable ... The best think of its sort I've ever seen and destined to become the classic reference in history and futures studies.
David Loye, Board of Editors, World Futures.
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