Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Historical Dynamics – Why States Rise and Fall - Princeton Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Historical Dynamics: Why States Rise and Fall

Peter Turchin


Many historical processes are dynamic. Populations grow and decline. Empires expand and collapse. Religions spread and wither. Natural scientists have made great strides in understanding dynamical processes in the physical and biological worlds using a synthetic approach that combines mathematical modeling with statistical analyses. Taking up the problem of territorial dynamics—why some polities at certain times expand and at other times contract—this book shows that a similar research program can advance our understanding of dynamical processes in history. The book develops hypotheses from a ... More

Keywords: dynamical processes, historical dynamics, collective solidarity, mathematical modeling, territorial dynamics, geopolitics, sociopolitical stability, ethnic assimilation, religious conversion, population dynamics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691180779
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691180779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Turchin, author
University of Connecticut