An Economic Inquiry into the Nonlinear Behaviors of Nations

Dynamic Developments and the Origins of Civilizations

Authors: Guo, Rongxing

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  • Provides in-depth studies of both ancient and modern civilizations
  • Introduces new data and explanatory variables to analysis of over 150 countries
  • Combines analytic, narrative, and narrative analytic approaches
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This book applies an economic approach to examine the driving forces behind the dynamic behaviors of developing nations. Taking into account initial conditions and environmental and external factors often oversimplified by historians and anthropologists, Guo finds that the rise and fall of civilizations and nations followed an anti-Darwinian process: physical weakness, rather than strength, induced humans to adapt. Cultures facing unfavorable physical and environmental conditions developed complex societies to overcome these challenges, while favorable conditions did not incentivize major economic and cultural change. Over centuries of economic growth and development, nations and civilizations’ adaptive behaviors have followed a cyclical path at both the country level and in an international context. This interdisciplinary book incorporates elements of history, anthropology, and development into an astute economic analysis that changes the way we think about the origins and evolutions of civilizations. 

About the authors

Rongxing Guo is Professor and Head of the Regional Economics Committee in the Regional Science Association of China at Peking University in Beijing, China. He has 30 years of experience teaching and researching in China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Germany, and the USA. He has led research projects for the OECD and the World Bank, and has undertaken consultation for the Chinese government.

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“Innovative and stimulating! Guo introduces a much-needed new perspective on the traditional topic of ‘the emergence and fall of empires’ that has become a much-discussed important field, given the ongoing reshaping of the international order that is due to the decline of the uni-polar world (dominated by the US), the emergence of a multi-polar world with some new international powers (such as China), and the re-emergence of old powers (such as Russia).” (Paolo Urio, University of Geneva, Switzerland)

“Professor Guo explores the dynamics of civilizations from the beginnings to our perplexingly complex world. There are lots of thought-provoking ideas here on the rise and decline of nations as well as on China’s current and future place in the world economy. Anyone wishing to understand global developments should give this book serious consideration.” (John Komlos, University of Munich, Germany, and Duke University, USA)<

“It is interesting to see a Chinese perspective on the questions of deep history that have engaged Jared Diamond, Yuval Harari and David Christian. Guo argues that understanding cyclical threats has been the key to human progress, which is driven by the dialectic of material privation and human ingenuity.” (Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Economic Inquiry into the Nonlinear Behaviors of Nations
Book Subtitle
Dynamic Developments and the Origins of Civilizations
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48772-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48772-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48771-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84009-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 294
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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