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"Secular Cycles is an ambitious, audacious, and engaging achievement from two very talented scholars. This stimulating book will attract interdisciplinary attention from those interested in global history and secular economic change."--Cormac Ó Gráda, author of Famine
"I am impressed and delighted by the breadth, rigor, creativity, originality, and power of this book. The graphs present the data in a fashion that will be clear to any audience, and the text is straightforward and persuasive. This book carries the study of historical dynamics to a whole new level."--Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University
The essential ideas are that particular factors cause societies to grow and prosper, then decline and finally to degenerate into internal bickering and even warfare. Read morePublished 20 months ago by From Elder
Turchin has found patterns to the rise and fall of dozens of nations over the past millennia. Of course, there are variations and outcomes given the geography and culture of a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alice Friedemann
I agree with the other reviewers; it is a masterpiece, as are his other books (War and Peace and War, Historical Dynamics). Really an eye opener. Read morePublished 24 months ago by will563
An excellent analysis of growth and decline in a variety of societies throughout history with particular reference to the differences in class values and behaviors. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Michael C. Trachtenberg