A Scientific Model of History: Where Is the Future Leading Us

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iUniverse, 2003 - Social Science - 180 pages
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Have you ever wanted to know why civilizations decay or why war has been a recurrent phenomena throughout history; what are the forces causing population explosions, and why it is very likely that the power balance between today's developed countries and the less-developed world will be altered in the decades to come?

A Scientific Model of History provides the simplest answers to these questions, as well as many others regarding the limits of our social organization, such as why even today's most advanced economies are incapable of preventing huge inequalities in the distribution of wealth to appear. Thanks to an analysis developed in terms of four inextricably linked variables (Natural Resources, Population, Technology and Standard of Living), this book, besides identifying the ever-recurring historical cycles that have affected all historical societies, also provides an insight on how our historical evolution will cause civilization to reshape itself beyond recognition.

 

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Contents

PART
1
TECHNOLOGY
10
AN HYPOTETICAL PREHISTORIC SCENARIO
21
TOYNBEES MODEL OF HISTORY
27
WAR
36
THE ANCIENT EGYPTAN EXTINCT SOCIETY
46
TODAYS MOST POPULATED COUNTRIES
69
THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE
89
THE LIMITS OF THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM
100
THE LIMITS OF CIVILIZATION
111
MARXS FORGOTTEN CONTRIBUTION
118
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES
125
THE END OF GROWTH
134
THE POSTCIVILIZED WORLD
141
BIBLIOGRAPHY
157
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