- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (February 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452288193
- ISBN-13: 978-0452288195
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Peter Turchin is an evolutionary anthropologist and one of the founders of the new field of historical social science, Cliodynamics (peterturchin.com/cliodynamics/). His research interests lie at the intersection of social and cultural evolution, historical macrosociology, economic history and cliometrics, mathematical modeling of long-term social processes, and the construction and analysis of historical databases. Peter Turchin is a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, a research associate in the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and the vice president of the Evolution Institute. More information is available at peterturchin.com.
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It's definitely sort of a "mind-switching" book, like "Selfish gene" by R.Dawkins, "Guns, Germs ans Steel" by J.Diamond, and some else. Here we are presented with a fascinating, "brave new" approach towards UNDERSTANDING history - not just "digging in dirty pants" of kings and barons, not just analyzing combat operations and revolutionary slogans, but rather looking THROUGH all of these to see the real-world "hardware" of history - it's hidden forces, acting from behind the curtains but still with a cruel and overwhelming inevitable effect.
Shockingly sobering reading. Definitely must-read for all (both global and local) decision-makers. And I agree with one of the reviewers - Turchin has totally deserved Nobel Prize in economics.
Whether his model of historical dynamics is more useful than others is an empirical question and not thoroughly explored. However, Turchin clearly hopes to inspire others to join the fray with competing models.
I am eager to revisit his earlier book with a better understanding of the details behind the equations.
They become unbalanced, withe the rich getting richer and the poor getting children. When it gets out of hand, the empire falls.