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The Paths of History

Igor M. Diakonoff

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ISBN 10: 0521643988 / ISBN 13: 9780521643986
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368 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.8in.This is a broad and ambitious study of the entire history of humanity that takes as its point of departure Marxs theory of social evolution. Professor Diakonoffs theory of world history differs from Marxs in a number of ways. First, he has expanded Marxs five stages of development to eight. Second, he denies that social evolution necessarily implies progress and shows how each progress is simultaneously a regress, and third, he demonstrates that the transition from one stage to another is not necessarily marked by social conflict and that sometimes this is achieved peacefully and gracefully. As the book moves through these various stages, the reader is drawn into a remarkable and thought-provoking study of the process of the history of the human race that focuses on the wide range of factors (economic, social, military-technological, and socio-pyschological) that have influenced our development from palaeolithic times to the present day. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780521643986

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Title: The Paths of History

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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This is a broad and ambitious study of the entire history of humanity that takes as its point of departure Marx's theory of social evolution. Professor Diakonoff's theory of world history differs from Marx's in a number of ways. First, he has expanded Marx's five stages of development to eight. Second, he denies that social evolution necessarily implies progress and shows how "each progress is simultaneously a regress," and third, he demonstrates that the transition from one stage to another is not necessarily marked by social conflict and that sometimes this is achieved peacefully and gracefully. As the book moves through these various stages, the reader is drawn into a remarkable and thought-provoking study of the process of the history of the human race that focuses on the wide range of factors (economic, social, military-technological, and socio-pyschological) that have influenced our development from palaeolithic times to the present day.

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The progress of mankind from palaeolithic times to the present day is the subject of this concise and important book by Professor Igor Diakonoff. This overview is unique in that it examines the whole history of humanity and the many factors which have governed it. Professor Diakonoff looks beyond the social and economic to analyse the broader range of influences (religious, ethnic, cultural, and military-technological) which have enabled the human race to move from one stage of development to another, demonstrating also that social evolution does not necessarily imply progress.

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