The measure of civilisation how social development decides the fate of nations paperback 21 feb 2013 by ian morris author visit amazons ian morris page search results for this author ian morris author 37 out of 5 stars 15 ratings see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions amazon price new from used from kindle edition please retry 759 . In the last thirty years there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the west became so powerful the measure of civilization presents a brand new way of investigating these questions and provides new tools for assessing the long term growth of societies using a groundbreaking numerical index of social development that compares societies in different times and . Measuring how societies learned to harness energy better improve their organizational and war making capacities and accumulate usable information ian morris has developed a terrific index of social development his fascinating conclusions and use of data will be controversial but this book will become a classic source for anyone studying the nature of progress from sixteen thousand years . Request pdf the measure of civilization how social development decides the fate of nations in the last thirty years there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the . Adapting the united nations approach for measuring human development morriss index breaks social development into four traits energy capture per capita organization information technology and war making capacity and he uses archaeological historical and current government data to quantify patterns morris reveals that for 90 percent of the time since the last ice age the worlds
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