Testing 17 Theories on the Development of Complex Civilizations

Monika Brown UCLA Anderson Review September 6, 2023 Link


Large-scale data project produces stark conclusion: military technology + agricultural productivity caused the takeoff.

Generations of scholars have tried to explain what drove societies to evolve, over the past 10,000 years or so, from tiny settlements of a few hundred people to modern, highly organized states of hundreds of millions. A consensus has been elusive.

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