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‘Social Evolution & History’ is a semiannual international journal that serves the needs of all scholars seeking an understanding of how human societies developed in the past and continue to develop in the present. The Journal acts as a forum for debate about key issues and concepts in the field, challenging and re-examining the boundaries of the search. As well as original research articles, the journal includes critical notes and a book review section. The Journal's aim is to contribute to the integration of such fields of knowledge as anthropology, history, sociology, and also philosophy and theory of history.

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Social Evolution & History

Teaching & Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field (Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2014. — 368 pp. Edited by Leonid Grinin, David Baker, Esther Quaedackers, and Andrey Korotayev). This volume will be useful both for those who study interdisciplinary macroproblems and for specialists working in focused directions, as well as for those who are interested in evolutionary issues of Astrophysics, Geology, Biology, History, Anthropology, Linguistics and other areas of study. More than that, this edition will challenge and excite your vision of your own life and the exciting new discoveries going on around us! sociostudies.org/books/teaching_researching_big_history/
 In 2010 Charles Spencer proposed the theory that there is a causal relation between state formation and territorial expansion. In the present article we formulate some objections against his views.
Authors: Henri J. M. Claessen and  Renée R.  Hagesteijn.
Special issue of the journal Social Evolution & History is devoted to the discussion on the Reformulation of the Theory of the Origin of the State made by its author
Origin of the Early State: A Reconsideration
The Harappan Civilization was spread over large parts of western region of the Indian Subcontinent. Its earliest roots can be found from 7000 BC in Mehrgarh but its peak urban period is around 2500 to 1900 BC. It declined completely by 1300 BC. At its peak, it covered more than 30 per cent of the present landmass of the Indian Subcontinent. Its entire evidence is archaeological.
Видеозапись лекции Ж. И. Резниковой  «Животное в человеке — человеческое в животных»  (на русском языке)   www.socionauki.ru/authors/reznikova_zh_i/
 Видеозапись лекции  Жанны Ильничны Резниковой «Животное в человеке — человеческое в животных» (на рсском языке)
видео с лекции Уолтера Альвареса Earth History in the Broadest Possible Context (лекция на английском языке) www.socionauki.ru/authors/alvarez_w/?lang=ru
This article looks at a situation in modern Ghana when simultaneously existing ‘acephalous tribesmen’, chiefdom and the state became involved in a conflict which eventually resulted in a local war. The roots of the conflict are not purely ethnic, although differences of language and culture were obvious. The colonial and post-colonial state created the situation in which chiefdoms and ‘tribes’ were allowed living on the same territory but in a hierarchical arrangement. Once the economy and political order happened to experience a protracted crisis, the perceived inequalities and injustices came to the fore and exploded. The author examines in detail the causes and development of the conflict, and weighs consequences for both the concrete case and the theory of political anthropology.
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  David Christian's Maps of Time is taken as a point of reference to explore the temporal strategies used in world history to navigate what Christian calls ‘Big History’. Evolutionary theory is explored as a narrative device in Christian's hermeneutic and pushed to incorporate new developments in the field. Causal Layered Analysis is introduced as an approach to facilitate deep-mapping, and cartography as a narrative device is also applied to the concept ‘civilization’ and hegemony. The thinking of astrophysicist Nikolai Kardashev about stellar and galactic civilizations is introduced to further extend the temporal context for Christian's historical process. The goal of this article is to interrogate assumptions that underpin an overly linear reliance on maps to reveal patterns across...