The Laws of History

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Overview

Building on his previous work in The Dynamic Society and The Ephemeral Civilization, Graeme Donald Snooks lays bare the forces driving human society from its earliest beginnings to its present stage of evolution and examines why previous attempts to discern

these laws have failed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415190503
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Pages: 312
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1 The eternal and the ephemeral 1
Pt. I The law-seekers 9
2 What are laws, and where can we find them? 11
3 Metaphysical historicism from Hesiod to Toynbee 38
4 Positive historicism from Comte to Rostow 90
5 The poverty or perversion of historicism? 133
6 If history has laws, why haven't they been discovered? 170
Pt. II The laws 183
7 If history has laws, how would we recognize them? 185
8 The laws of societal dynamics 193
9 The laws of historical change 206
10 The laws of institutional change 220
11 The hidden wealth of historicism 240
Notes 244
Glossary of new terms and concepts 260
References 268
Index 275
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