History & Mathematics:

History & Mathematics:

Entropy and Destabilization

Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2023. – 232 pp.
Edited by Leonid E. Grinin, and Andrey V. Korotayev

ISBN 978-5-7057-6233-0
Editorial Council:

Herbert Barry III (Pittsburgh University), Leonid Borodkin (Moscow State University; Cliometric Society), Christopher Chase-Dunn (University of California, Riverside), Tessaleno Devezas (University of Beira Interior), Jack A. Goldstone (George Mason University), Leonid Grinin (National Research University Higher School of Economics), Antony Harper (Eurasian Center for Big History & System Forecasting), Peter Herrmann (University College of Cork, Ireland), Andrey Korotayev (Higher School of Economics), Alexander Logunov (Russian State University for the Humanities), Georgy Malinetsky (Russian Academy of Sciences), Sergey Malkov (Russian Academy of Sciences), Charles Spencer (American Museum of Natural History), Rein Taagepera (University of California, Irvine), Arno Tausch (Innsbruck University), William Thompson (University of Indiana), Peter Turchin (University of Connecticut), Yasuhide Yamanouchi (University of Tokyo). 

The present Yearbook is subtitled Entropy and Destabilization. It is the tenth in the series. The study of the forms and causes of destabilization is extremely important, because no regime, no society, no system is immune to destabilization. Destabilization, or at least the threat of it, is an inevitable stage in the historical development of any society. The question is to what extent a society is capable of resisting it, how institutionalized and adaptive it is. The articles of this issue are devoted to the various manifestations of destabilization, its different forms, patterns and causes in the past and present.

The issue consists of four sections: (I) Historical Aspects; (II) Social and Cultural Aspects; (III) Factors of Destabilization; (IV) Reviews and Notes.

We hope that this issue will be interesting and useful both for historians and mathematicians, as well as for all those dealing with various social and natural sciences.


Leonid E. Grinin and
Andrey V. Korotayev


Introduction. Destabilization as a Phenomenon of Social Dynamics (Full text)

 I. Historical Aspects


 Antony Harper


An Investigation of the Relationships between Empirical Trends in Both Entropy and Maximum Urban Area Size Over the Last 5,000 Years  (Full text)

II. Social and Cultural Aspects

 Arno Tausch

From the Periphery to the Center of Global Knowledge Production? A Bibliometric Analysis of the Evolution of a Social Science Community from a Small Country: Austria.  (Full text)

Leonidas A. Papakonstantinidis and Stephen I. Ternyik

Empathy and Conflict Strategy: An Inquiry into T. Schelling's ‘The Strategy of Conflict’  (Full text)

 III. Factors of Destabilization

 Leonid E. Grinin and Anton L. Grinin

Revolutionary Process of the 20th Century: A Quantitative Analysis  (Full text)

Andrey V. Korotayev and Alina A. Khokhlova

Sociopolitical Destabilization Dimensions in Comparative Global and Regional Perspective  (Full text)

 Leonid E. Grinin,Sergey V. Malyzhenkov, Stanislav E. Bilyuga, and Andrey V. Korotayev

Students and Sociopolitical Destabilization: A Quantitative Analysis  (Full text)

IV. Reviews and Notes


George Lawson


Revolutions in the Contemporary World. A Review of ‘Handbook of New Waves of Revolutions in the 21st Century: The New Waves of Revolutions, and the Causes and Effects of Disruptive Political Change’ by Jack Goldstone, Leonid Grinin, and Andrey Korotayev (Eds.), Springer International Publishing, 2022  (Full text)