The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

  • E. N. Anderson
  • Christopher Chase-Dunn
Part of the The Evolutionary Processes in World Politics Series book series (EPWP)


This chapter explicates Ibn Khaldun’s theory of the rise and fall of states and discusses its relevance for understanding classical and contemporary social cycles. We also present an overview of the comparative world-systems approach to bounding social systems and conceptualizing the rise and fall of large polities within systems of competing and allying polities.


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