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Thousand Years of Nonlinear History

ISBN-10: 0942299329
ISBN-13: 9780942299328
Edition: 1997 (Reprint)
Authors: Manuel De Landa
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Description: Following in the wake of his groundbreaking War in the Age of Intelligent Machines, Manuel De Landa presents a radical synthesis of historical development over the last one thousand years. More than a simple expository history, A Thousand Years of  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/11/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

Following in the wake of his groundbreaking War in the Age of Intelligent Machines, Manuel De Landa presents a radical synthesis of historical development over the last one thousand years. More than a simple expository history, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear Historysketches the outlines of a renewed materialist philosophy of history in the tradition of Fernand Braudel, Gilles Deleuze, and Feacute;lix Guattari, while also engaging the critical new understanding of material processes derived from the sciences of dynamics. Working against prevailing attitudes that see history as an arena of texts, discourses, ideologies, and metaphors, De Landa traces the concrete movements and interplays of matter and energy through human populations in the last millennium. De Landa attacks three domains that have given shape to human societies: economics, biology, and linguistics. In every case, what one sees is the self-directed processes of matter and energy interacting with the whim and will of human history itself to form a panoramic vision of the West free of rigid teleology and naive notions of progress, and even more important, free of any deterministic source of its urban, institutional, and technological forms. Rather, the source of all concrete forms in the West's history are shown to derive from internal morphogenetic capabilities that lie within the flow of matter-energy itself.

Introduction
Lavas and Magmas
Geological History: 1000-1700 A.D.
Sandstone and Granite
Geological History: 1700-2000 A.D.
Flesh and Genes
Biological History: 1000-1700 A.D.
Species and Ecosystems
Biological History: 1700-2000 A.D.
Memes and Norms
Linguistic History: 1000-1700 A.D.
Arguments and Operators
Linguistic History: 1700-2000 A.D.
Conclusion and Speculations
Notes

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