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Peter Turchin has done similar work. This book is a great read!

https://www.amazon.com/War-Peace-Rise-Fall-Empires/dp/045228...

dkimball · 2010-01-20 · Original thread
I've read the book about this: _War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires_, by Peter Turchin. (http://www.amazon.com/War-Peace-Rise-Fall-Empires/dp/0452288... )

Turchin's model of asabiya is much more developed than the article's, but goes in exactly the same direction. He emphasizes the importance of frontiers and warfare -- the civilizational counterpart to Darwinian selection pressure, and a reminder that there are worse enemies than one's neighbor and higher causes than one's checkbook -- for asabiya development and, thus, the cohesion of societies. All this is borne out with some very impressive styles of measurement; he's the founder of a new discipline called "cliodynamics," taking its approaches from ecological population modeling.

On the other hand, before we embrace war as the road to prosperity, we need to remember what commentors here observed -- that most civilizations wage war lawlessly, to the point of torture and genocide; so some sort of authority to control the intensity and severity of warfare would be a good idea. I don't think the United Nations will cut it; but Chesterton thought that the Pope would have, had the medieval project been taken to its conclusion...

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