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Forces of Change: Why We are the Way We are Now [Hardcover]

Henry Hobhouse

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13 April 1989
The argument of this book is that three natural forces appear to lie behind most of the long-term trends of history, ie population growth, food supply and disease. Together they form a self-balancing triangle and their influence is traced from the Black Death in the 15th century, to the Portuguese and Spanish explorations, to the rise of the Dutch and English, through Western European triumphalism in their colonies and successor states, to the "One World" in which we live today. The author suggests that history has been driven by these forces, rather than by man's will.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; First edition, first impression edition (13 April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283998288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283998287
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,754,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Will change the way you think 6 Jan 2005
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This book is an original and fascinating interpretation of world history which explores the precariously balanced triangle of population growth, food supply, and disease. Hobhouse brings an objectivity that throws the history of the last 500 years into an exciting new perspective. His book is deeply researched and heavily footnoted.

See also "Seeds of Change" by the same author.
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