Power and Size: Urbanization and Empire Formation in World-Systems Since the Bronze Age

  • Christopher Chase-Dunn
  • Alexis Álvarez
  • Daniel Pasciuti
Part of the The Evolutionary Processes in World Politics Series book series (EPWP)


World-systems are intersocietal interaction networks in which culturally different peoples are strongly linked together by trade, political–military engagement and information flows. This chapter presents an overview of research on city and empire growth/decline phases and new evidence on the relationship between urban growth and the rise and fall of empires in six regions that once contained substantially separate world-systems. We find that empires and cities grow and decline together in some regions, but not others, and we examine the temporal correlations between growth/ decline phases of largest and second largest cities and empires within regions. Do large empires grow at the expense of other large states within a region or are there periods of regional growth in which states (and cities) are growing together?


Large City Partial Correlation Urban Growth City Size Territorial Size 
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  • Christopher Chase-Dunn
  • Alexis Álvarez
  • Daniel Pasciuti

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