War and Peace and War
The Life Cycles of Imperial NationsBook - 2006
Why do some nations, initially small and insignificant, go on to build mighty empires, while most nations fail to do so? And why do those successful empire-builders always eventually lose their empires? Peter Turchin, a leading thinker in the highly technical field of population dynamics, lucidly presents for the first time an approach to understanding the world's great powers throughout history--with powerful implications for nations today. Turchin shows how the edges of empires are the crucibles of new long-lived empires and how processes of decline inevitably follow on a 1000 year cycle. This sweeping work of social science culminates with a crisp declaration of the general principles of the science of history. A short final section considers Tolstoy and free will in a world of historical cycles, and includes an incisive look at the U.S. now.
Publisher: New York : Pi Press, c2006
Branch Call Number: 909 T93w
Characteristics: viii, 405 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: War & peace & war : the life cycles of imperial nations