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Macrohistory seeks out large, long-term trends in world history, searching for ultimate patterns through a comparison of proximate details. For example, a macro-historical study might examine Japanese feudalism and European feudalism in order to decide whether feudal structures are an inevitable outcome given certain conditions. Macro-historical studies often "assume that macro-historical processes repeat themselves in explainable and understandable ways".[1]



Examples of macro-historical analysis include Oswald Spengler's assertion that the lifespan of civilizations is limited and ultimately they decay, and Arnold J. Toynbee's historical synthesis in explaining the rise and fall of civilizations. The Battle of Ain Jalut is considered by many historians to be of great macro-historical importance,[citation needed] as it marked the high water point of Mongol conquests, and the first time they had ever been decisively defeated.[citation needed]

According to economists Robert Solow[2], Brian Snowdon,[3] and Jason Collins[4], Oded Galor's unified growth theory is another example of macro-historical analysis that has significantly contributed to the understanding of process of development over the entire course of human history and the role of deep-rooted factors in the transition from stagnation to growth and in the emergence of the vast inequality across the globe.

Notable works of macrohistoryEdit

  • Creasy, Edward Shepherd (1851). The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World.
  • Spengler, Oswald (1918). The Decline of the West.
  • Diamond, Jared (1997). Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.
  • Harari, Yuval Noah (2014). Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

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Notes & ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Matthew C. Wells, Ph.D., Parallelism: A Handbook of Social Analysis. Archived August 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Galor's project is breathtakingly ambitious. He proposes a fairly simple, intensely human-capital-oriented model that will accommodate the millennia of Malthusian near-stagnation, the Industrial Revolution and its aftermath of rapid growth, the accompanying demographic transition, and the emergence of modern human-capital-based growth. And the model is supposed to generate endogenously the transitions from one era to the next. The resulting book is a powerful mixture of fact, theory, and interpretation (Endorsement quoted on Princeton University Press, publisher of Galor's book).
  3. ^ Snowdon, Brian (April–June 2008). ""Towards a Unified Theory of Economic Growth. Oded Galor on the transition from Malthusian stagnation to modern economic growth. An interview with introduction by Brian Snowdon"". World Economics. 2.9.
  4. ^ Collins, Jason (2013). "Galor's Unified Growth Theory". Jason Collins Blog.