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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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Throughout world history, argues Bodley (anthropology, Washington State U.), particular individuals, driven to accumulate social power, have promoted growth, or scale increases, that amplified many human problems by socializing the costs of development and disproportionately concentrating the benefits. His study could be a supplemental text for a critical and theoretical college course on world civilization, and might appeal to general readers interested in public policy issues, human rights, history, or the social sciences. It begins with tribal people and ends with global capitalism.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-281) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765609847
Author:
Bodley, John H.
Publisher:
M.E. Sharpe
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
World history
Subject:
Geopolitics
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Sources and Studies in World History
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.22x6.38x1.03 in. 1.32 lbs.

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