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The Power of Scale: A Global History Approach (Sources and Studies in World History)

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Throughout history, the natural human inclination to accumulate power has led to increases in growth and scale that have amplified major social problems. In several cases, the costs of development have been borne by the many, but the benefits have been concentrated among the few. The implications are clear: some of the world's most serious social problems — poverty, war, pollution — can be seen as problems of scale and power. Drawing on history, economics, anthropology, and sociology, the author argues that individuals, not social classes, have been the agents of social change. This cogent and provocative book looks at how increases in scale necessarily lead to an increasingly small elite gaining disproportionate power — ironically making democratic control more difficult to achieve and maintain.

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ISBN:
9780765609854
Foreword:
Reilly, Kevin
Publisher:
M.E. Sharpe
Foreword by:
Reilly, Kevin
Foreword:
Reilly, Kevin
Author:
Bodley, John H.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
World History-General
Series:
Sources and Studies in World History
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
297
Dimensions:
9.16x6.04x.75 in. .95 lbs.

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