Globalistics and globalization studies

Globalistics and globalization studies

Big history & global history

Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2015. – 400 pp.

Edited by Leonid E. Grinin, Ilya V. Ilyin, Peter Herrmann, and Andrey V. Korotayev

ISBN 978-5-7057-4579-1


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This yearbook is the fourth in the series with the title Globalistics and Globalization Studies. The subtitle of the present volume is Global History & Big History. The point is that today our global world really demands global knowledge. Thus, there are a few actively developing multidisciplinary approaches and integral disciplines among which one can name Global Studies, Global History and Big History. They all provide a connection between the past, present, and future. Big History with its vast and extremely heterogeneous field of research encompasses all the forms of existence and all timescales and brings together constantly updated information from the scientific disciplines and the humanities. Global History is transnational or world history which examines history from a global perspective, making a wide use of comparative history and of the history of multiple cultures and nations. Global Studies express the view of systemic and epistemological unity of global processes. Thus, one may argue that Global Studies and Globalistics can well be combined with Global History and Big History and such a multi-disciplinary approach can open wide horizons for the modern university education as it helps to form a global view of various processes.


Introduction. Big History and Global History in the Field of Globalistics (Full text) 5

Part I. Globalization and Global Processes

George Modelski. Kondratieff Waves, Evolution, and Globalization (Full text) 8

Anton L. Grinin and Leonid E. Grinin. The Cybernetic Revolution and Historical Process (Full text) 18

Valentina M. Bondarenko. A Worldview Approach to the Developmental Problems of Russia and the World (Full text) 58

Ivan A. Aleshkovski. International Migration Management in the Era of Globalization (Full text) 76

Leonid E. Grinin and Andrey V. Korotayev. Globalization, Revolutions, and Democracy (Full text) 87

Alexey I. Andreev, Ilya V. Ilyin, and Julia V. Zinkina. Approaches and Paradigms in Defining the Essence of Globalization (Full text) 110

Oleg A. Alekseenko. BRICS: Prospects of Cooperation (Full text) 119

Ilya V. Ilyin and Olga G. Leonova. Globalization Political Processes in Their Dynamic and Development (Full text) 127

Part II. Global History and Modernity

David Christian. Swimming Upstream: Universal Darwinism and Human History (Full text) 138

Tatyana L. Shestova. Eastern Europe within the Ancient World-Systems (Full text) 155

Craig G. Benjamin. Big History, Collective Learning and the Silk Roads (Full text) 167

Sergey V. Tsirel. Classifications of Ways to Statehood and Democracy (Full text) 176

William R. Thompson and Kentaro Sakuwa. Another, Simpler Look: Was Wealth Really Determined in 8000 BCE, 1000 BCE, 0 CE, or Even 1500 CE? (Full text) 193

Mikhail А. Kaverin and Sergey Yu. Malkov. The Elementary Structures of International Institutional Evolution (Full text) 216

Vladimir Maslov. The Need for New Management (Full text) 224

Sergey Yu. Malkov, Stanislav Ye. Bilyuga, Olga I. Davydova, and Dmitry S. Malkov. Resistance to Socio-Political Instability as an Indicator of the Country's Successful Development (Full text) 242

Alexey I. Andreev, Ilya V. Ilyin, and Julia V. Zinkina. The ‘Age’ of Globalization. How Old is the Global World? (Full text) 250

Part III. Big History Perspective

David G. Christian. The Evolution of Big History: A Short Introduction (Full text) 258

Lowell Gustafson. From Particles to Politics (Full text) 263

Leonid E. Grinin. The Star-Galaxy Era of Big History in the Light of Universal Evolutionary Principles (Full text) 282

David Baker. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Collective Learning as a Key Concept in Big History (Full text) 301

Andrey V. Korotayev and Alexander V. Markov. Mathematical Modeling of Biological and Social Phases of Big History (Full text) 319

Joseph Voros. Galactic-Scale Macro-еngineering: Looking for Signs of Other Intelligent Species, as an Exercise in Hope for Our Own (Full text) 343

Alexander D. Panov. Post-singular Evolution and Post-singular Civilizations (Full text) 361

Contributors to the volume