Quantitative Dynamics of Human Empires

Marchetti C & Ausubel JH (2013). Quantitative Dynamics of Human Empires. Color booklet, adapted from: Marchetti and Ausubel (2012). [[International Journal of Anthropology]], 27(1-2):1-62

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Abstract

Quantitative modeling of social systems shows a large component of automatic drives in the behavior of individual humans and human society. Studies of the formation and breakdown of 20 diverse empires operating over almost 3,000 years describe these processes with utmost clarity and paradigmatic simplicity. Taking territorial expansion as the basic parameter, we show that it can be represented in time by a single logistic equation in spite of the complicated sequences of events usually reported by historians. The driving forces of empire, leading to expansion and saturation at 14 days of travel from the capital, can be reduced to testosterone and progesterone.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Empires; Territory; Logistic growth; Testosterone; Progesterone
Research Programs: Exploratory and Special projects (ESP)
Bibliographic Reference: Color booklet, adapted from: Marchetti and Ausubel (2012). [[International Journal of Anthropology]], 27(1-2):1-62
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Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:49
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 12:35
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10664

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