A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History & Philosophy and Simulation

This was a reading earlier in the year.  It is being posted now because I forgot to do so back then.

Manuel DeLandas A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History is divided into three parts, each covering mainly European history from 1000 to 2000 AD.  The first part is an account of urban development, the second is a genetic history of Europe, and the third is a history of language.  Three basic theses tie each part together.  First, DeLanda argues that the historical processes in each case are entirely material; cities, genetics and language can all be described in terms of matter-energy flows.  Second, there is an connection between human institutions and natural structures (such as geological strata) that is not merely metaphorical.  Third, the processes are nonlinearthat is, there are no successive stages, but apparently successive moments that can coexist and affect one another.

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