The Dynamic Society: Exploring the Sources of Change

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This book uses economic, historical and biological concepts to examine the driving forces of change, and it looks to likely developments in the future. In this book, Graeme Snooks outlines and explains the biological development of life, going on to develop a fully dynamic model, not just of genetic change, but of the broader process of life on earth. A critical review of current interpretations about the course of history and the forces driving it is presented. Arguing that the rise and fall of societies is an outcome of the development and exhaustion of these forces, The Dynamic Society demonstrates that dynamism, not stasis, is the essential condition of human society, as it is of life.
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Snooks (economic history, Australian National U.) argues that the course of human society and indeed of all life since its beginning, can be explained by a simple model of needs and strategies for meeting them. He also finds regular if complex long-term patterns of growth, change, and stability. He challenges neo-Darwinians' emphasis on genetic change, by positing three other strategies just as important: conquest of new resources, commerce, and technological innovation. Among the highlights is a projection of what the world would be like today had the industrial revolution not triumphed. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415137300
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 512
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Graeme Donald Snooks is the Coghlan Professor and Head of the department of Economic History at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. He has published widely on a number of central issues in economic history and is editor of a number of prestigious book series and journals
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
1 Chariots of Change 1
2 Game of Life 21
3 Players in the Game 40
4 Dynamics of Being 63
5 Tower of Babel 99
6 Quest for Meaning 137
7 Riders in the Chariot 169
8 Family of Man 208
9 Maker of the Wheel 238
10 Horsemen of War 270
11 Conjurers of Commerce 337
12 The Dynamic Society 378
13 Edge of Darkness? 418
Glossary of new terms and concepts 431
References 441
Index 455
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