Macrohistory seeks out large, long-term trends in world history, searching for ultimate patterns The Battle of Ain Jalut is considered by many historians to be of great macro-historical importance, as it marked the high water point of Mongol . Galtung BIOGRAPHY & MACRO-HISTORY is acquired, presumably . There can be little doubt that macro-historians, belonging to the foremost thinkers of. Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an attempt by the editors, Johan. Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, to define an academic discipline out of the enduring.

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Contact Contact Us Help. He considers ten themes across the twenty macrohistorians and their systems: This history article is a stub. With these four categories, each at three levels, the editors define twelve different “sciences” dealing with human conditions.

Galtung and Inayatullah argue that the real use of macrohistory is to not only find meaning in the past so as to create new possibilities of meaning for the future, but to reduce suffering – macrohistory is essentially about understanding and changing the human condition. The cyclical–helical may be more appropriate–view of historical development permeates official Chinese historiography throughout the imperial era, but the linear structure for all humankind in three stages, ending in the “great similarity” or better, the great harmony, datongbecame prominent in the macrohistories of some of the Chinese reformers of late imperial times, most prominently the leader of the aborted reforms, Kang Youwei.

Macrohistorians search for patterns or “laws” and the causes of change through time, and they do not respect borders in time, including the line for “now.

Edited by Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah. He also incorporates perspectives and ideas from other macrohistorians and historians, among them Fernand BraudelMichel Foucault, Ashis Nandy, and Immanuel Wallerstein. Praeger- History – pages.


You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. But there are new perspectives on familiar figures to be found here — and perhaps an introduction to some unfamiliar ones. Appendices contain a brief summary macrohitsory and visual models of each of the systems.


Johan Galtung + Sohail Inayatulluh (editors)

Toynbee ‘s historical synthesis in explaining the rise and fall of civilizations. Sohail Inayatullah and Johan Galtung have done us a great service that they have produced a book, which summarizes knowledge of some of the maacro important ideas of the world’s greatest thinkers in macroihstory volume. They argue that a complete macrohistory is one that has linear, cyclical and transcendental dimensions.

Along with sociological comparisons, synergies between macrohistorians, the relationship between biography and macrohistory as well as insights macrohistorians can offer to world history and the future are offered.

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The editors admit that the sample may not be perfect and mention a few other names, but they also claim that “it does cover the most important macrohistorians in Western, Indic, Islamic, and Sinic civilizations as well as the feminist and Gaian viewpoints” p.

At this level, all trace of details is lost, most notably the extensive empirical historical or sociological grounding which is the saving grace of some of the macrohistorians, distinguishing Marx and Toynbee from Hegel and Teilhard de Chardin, for example.

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He is the author or editor of more than 71 books. From inside the book. Author of Educating Beyond Violent Futures. The book is particularly valuable for the way it synthesises the contributions of each and includes interpretative chapters that explore their significance. I have learned to appreciate and now will include in the circle of greats, those Eastern thinkers whose works I regretfully neglected.

The book covers the vital perspective out of which the 21st century emerges, and in the cases of Sorokin, Toynbee, and Eisler, deals with theories directly bearing on the potential shape of the next thousand years. The result macroistory a volume that covers–and carves out–a lot of ground, but in doing so also presupposes and imposes limitations on established academic disciplines that their practitioners may not agree to.

And to make Sima Qian the originator of the cyclical theory of history is to overlook the fact that the linear presentation found in earlier Chinese classics had been maco challenged already before Sima Qian in the syncretism of Dong Zhongshu Tang Zhong-Shu, p. Read, macrihistory, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Most of them are versed in classical studies, in philosophy and law, or in social Richly eclectic, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an indispensable addition to the historical, sociological, peace and futures literature.


Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Macrohistory is defined as diachronic and nomothetic–as opposed to synchronic and ideographic.

References to this book Advancing Futures: Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an attempt by the editors, Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, to define an academic discipline out of the enduring intellectual fascination with explaining the development of human society from the earliest times to well beyond our own times, and to legitimize their endeavor with intellectual biographies of historians and others who have engaged in similar activities.

Once I started reading the book, I found that I could hardly put it down.

As a teacher and student of world history, I find Macrohistory and Macrohistorians a useful and stimulating discussion of many of its classic paradigms from antiquity to the present day. As a “toolkit”, to be drawn on by historians for inspiration, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians may prove useful, but I fear its seductive simplification and abstraction may lead others astray. Johan GaltungSohail Inayatullah. It highlights the limitations of Western-centric claims to correctly know the patterns of history whilst raising the challenge of moving beyond hard deterministic thinking.

A Handbook of Social Analysis. March External links: I have great respect for Sima Qian Szu-Ma Ch’ien and Ibn-Khaldun as representatives of the Sinic and Islamic civilizations but, at least for the Sinic, the omissions are so important as to invalidate this claim by the editors.