Secular Cycles


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Princeton University Press
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6.42 X 9.52 X 1.08 inches | 1.46 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Turchin is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Connecticut. Sergey A. Nefedov is senior research scientist at the Institute of History and Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch.


Those who are interested in grand social theories will want to read and reflect. I suspect that there will be many who then will rebut.---Brian J. L. Berry, American Journal of Sociology
This book is an audacious and ambitious attempt to promote the viewpoint that historical progression runs according to certain regular patterns. . . . I am fascinated by this book, particularly by the theoretical framework which is laid out in the introductory and concluding chapters. . . . [T]he main strength of the book lies in its scope, reminiscent of the broad perspectives of classical economists. It is the type of scholarship which proves that historical narrative can be fascinating.---Harry Kitsikopoulos,
[T]he standard of historical scholarship is excellent and opens the floor to interesting challenges for further empirical explorations.---Laura Panza, Economic Record
Turchin and Nefedov have set a very ambitious task for themselves. . . . [T]hey should be applauded for producing a work of very broad historical sweep and reminding us that developing general laws--or more plausibly, general tendencies--of historical dynamics remains a tantalizing proposition.---David S. Jacks, Australian Economic History Review