War and Peace and War: The Life Cycles of Imperial Nations, Peter Turchin’s sweeping application of cliodynamics to the rise and fall of great powers, has been making the rounds recently. Both the Committee of Public Safety and Sublime Oblivion have posted responses to the book. As my past posts on cultural cohesion might suggest, I am quite sympathetic to any who approach great power politics from the standpoint of social solidarity. War and Peace and War promises to do just that. These two posts have only put the book higher on my reading list.
Antoly Karlin. Sublime Oblivion. 8 April 2010.
“Joseph Fouche”. Committee of Public Safety. 11 April 2010.