A review of War and Peace and War in The New Scientist by Mark Buchanan

October 1, 2005 No Comments

“Are there ‘laws of history’, patterns or regularities that would let us make predictions? Karl Marx thought he saw a steady progression in history, leading inevitably to a future of world government by the workers. British historian Arnold Toynbee saw cyclic patterns in the rise and fall of civilisations. But most historians today think that Marx and Toynbee were deluded, and that the pursuit of historical laws is, in general, a fool’s errand. Refreshingly, Peter Turchin doesn’t agree.”

Mark Buchanan’s latest book is Small World 

Published On: October 1, 2005

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