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History, Historians, and the Dynamics of Change

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Examines the competing theoretical models that historians use to explain the process of change and continuity--including those of the great philosophers and contemporary environmental historians. Green emphasizes the importance of such systematic models for any true appreciation of the dynamic process of historical change.

Table of Contents

History and the Historian History: The Elusive Quarry The Framework of History The Dyamics of Historical Change: Europe Introduction: Search for a Governing Dynamic The Commercial Model The Demographic Model The Marxian Dynamic Weber, Sombart, and the Spirit of Capitalism The Dynamics of Historical Change: World History Introduction: The Global Perspective World-System Analysis Environmental History Summation: The Continuing Pursuit of Order Bibliography

About the Author

WILLIAM A. GREEN is Professor of History at Holy Cross College. He is author of British Slave Emancipation: The Sugar Colonies and the Great Experiment, 1830-1865 (1976). He has contributed to six books in European and imperial history and has written many articles for professional journals, including Comparative Studies in Society and History, The Economic History Review, The Journal of British Studies, Victorian Studies, Albion, The Journal of African History, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and The Journal of World History.

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