War and Peace and War by Peter Turchin
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War and Peace and War
By Peter Turchin

War and Peace and War

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War and Peace and War by Peter Turchin

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Like Jared Diamond in "Guns, Germs, and Steel," Peter Turchin in "War and Peace and War" uses his expertise in evolutionary biology to make a highly original argument about the rise and fall of empires. Turchin argues that the key to the formation of an empire is a society's capacity for collective action. He demonstrates that high levels of cooperation are found where people have to band together to fight off a common enemy, and that this kind of cooperation led to the formation of the Roman and Russian empires, and the United States. But as empires grow, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, conflict replaces cooperation, and dissolution inevitably follows. Eloquently argued and rich with historical examples, "War and Peace and War" offers a bold new theory about the course of world history. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780452288195
ISBN-10: 0452288193
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 141mm x 23mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Plume
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Historical Dynamics by Peter Turchin Historical Dynamics, Hardback (September 2003)

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Complex Population Dynamics by Peter Turchin Complex Population Dynamics, Paperback (January 2003)

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