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    DescriptionFollowing in the wake of "War in the Age of Intelligent Machines", Manuel De Landa presents a synthesis of historical development over the last one thousand years. The work sketches the outlines of a renewed materialist philosophy of history in the tradition of Fernand Braudel, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari, while also engaging the critical new understanding of material processes derived from the sciences of dynamics. Working against prevailing attitudes that see history as an arena of texts, discourses, ideologies, and metaphors, De Landa traces the concrete movements and interplays of matter and energy through human populations in the last millennium. The result is a study of human societies and their mobile, semistable forms: cities, economies, technologies, and languages. De Landa attacks three domains that have given shape to human societies: economics, biology, and linguistics. In every case, what one sees is the self-directed processes of matter and energy interacting with the whim and will of human history itself to form a panoramic vision of the West free of rigid teleology and naive notions of progress, and free of any deterministic source of its urban, institutional, and technological forms. Rather, the source of all concrete forms in the West's history are shown to derive from internal morphogenetic capabilities that lie within the flow of matter-energy itself.

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    A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Manuel De Landa
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    ISBN 13: 9780942299311
    ISBN 10: 0942299310

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: HPC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, SCI075000
    DC21: 901
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000
    LC classification: Q174.8.D43
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    Publication date
    16 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New York