The Laws of History

The Laws of History

by Graeme Snooks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415190509

ISBN-13: 9780415190503

Pub. Date: 07/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is an original and controversial reflection on the course of human history and a remarkable attempt to develop a scientific model of laws for the social sciences. It:

• considers the nature of laws and the reasons we might expect to find them in history
* employs an underlying framework concerning societal dynamics, historical change, and

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Overview

This is an original and controversial reflection on the course of human history and a remarkable attempt to develop a scientific model of laws for the social sciences. It:

• considers the nature of laws and the reasons we might expect to find them in history
* employs an underlying framework concerning societal dynamics, historical change, and institutional change, which are in fact the laws of history.
This volume consolidates the author's previous research in The Dynamic Society and The Ephemeral Civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415190503
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1The eternal and the ephemeral1
Pt. IThe law-seekers9
2What are laws, and where can we find them?11
3Metaphysical historicism from Hesiod to Toynbee38
4Positive historicism from Comte to Rostow90
5The poverty or perversion of historicism?133
6If history has laws, why haven't they been discovered?170
Pt. IIThe laws183
7If history has laws, how would we recognize them?185
8The laws of societal dynamics193
9The laws of historical change206
10The laws of institutional change220
11The hidden wealth of historicism240
Notes244
Glossary of new terms and concepts260
References268
Index275

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