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The Paths of History - Igor M. Diakonoff

The Paths of History

By: Igor M. Diakonoff, Geoffrey Hosking (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 28th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521643481
Number Of Pages: 368

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This is a broad and ambitious study of the entire history of humanity which takes as its point of departure Marx's theory of social evolution. However, Professor Diakonoff's theory of world history differs from Marx's in a number of ways. Firstly he has expanded Marx's five stages of development to eight. Secondly he denies that social evolution necessarily implies progress and shows how 'each progress is simultaneously a regress', and thirdly 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 which focuses on the wide range of factors (economic, social, military-technological, and socio-pyschological) which have influenced our development from palaeolithic times to the present day.

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' ... a remarkable survey of world history by a Russian orientalist, using the Marxist interpretation as a point of departure.' Eric Hobsbawm, New Statesman and Society

Foreword Geoffrey Hosking
Author's preface
First phase (primitive)
Second phase (primitive communal)
Third phase (early antiquity)
Fourth phase (imperial antiquity)
Fifth phase (the Middle Ages)
The sixth phase (the stable absolutist post-medieval phase)
Seventh phase (capitalist)
Eighth phase (post-capitalist)
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ISBN: 9780521643481
ISBN-10: 0521643481
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.7

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