Arrived In My Pile: May 15, 2015

I received these books today and thought they may of interest to our readers:

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The Poverty of Historicism     Karl Popper

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The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community, with A Retrospective Essay     William H. McNeill

Both of these books are classics and I wanted to delve into both of them. The Poverty of Historicism comes up in other books I have read and I knew I needed to read it. Popper explores and criticizes the idea that there are laws of development in history and we are able to discern them. I have an interest in Cliodynamics and thought it would give me a different perspective. For our readers, The goal of cliodynamics (or cliometrics) is to turn history into a predictive, analytical science. I believe that this is very speculative, however, I believe it is necessary for me to study, in order to understand the other side. As you can see these ideas are polar opposites of each other.

After reading Ian Morris’  Why The West Rules For Now, I was also intrigued by this classic by William McNeil and wanted to make sure I had a good understanding of this subject. As you can see this is along the lines of syntopical reading and moves me closer to a finished reading of the subject. If our readers have any suggestions on more syntopical readings on both of these subjects, I would be very appreciative.

I have included a video from William H. McNeill and why he wrote The Rise of The West and the study of history


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