War and Peace and War
The Rise and Fall of Empires annotated edition
By (author) Peter Turchin
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War and Peace and War by Peter Turchin
Book DescriptionLike 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 DetailsISBN: 9780452288195
(214mm x 141mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Turchin
Secular Cycles, Hardback (July 2009)
Incorporating theoretical and quantitative history, this book examines a specific model of historical change and, more generally, investigates the utility of the dynamical systems approach in historical applications. It is of interest to practitioners of economic history, historical sociology, complexity studies, and demography.
Historical Dynamics, Hardback (September 2003)
Taking up the problem of territorial dynamics - why some polities at certain times expand and at other times contract - this book shows that a similar research program can advance our understanding of dynamical processes in history. It investigates the dynamics predicted by the models, and contrasts model predictions with empirical patterns.
Complex Population Dynamics, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by Peter Turchin
By bringing together mathematical models, statistical analyses, and field experiments, this book offers a comprehensive synthesis of the theory of population oscillations. It first reviews the conceptual tools that ecologists use to investigate population oscillations and then provides an in-depth discussion of several case studies.
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