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Cliodynamics is a transdisciplinary area of research integrating historical macrosociology, cultural and social evolution, economic history/cliometrics, mathematical modeling of long-term social processes, and the construction and analysis of historical databases. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes original articles advancing the state of theoretical knowledge in this transdisciplinary area. In the broadest sense, this theoretical knowledge includes general principles that explain the functioning, dynamics, and evolution of historical societies and specific models, usually formulated as mathematical equations or computer algorithms. Cliodynamics also has empirical content that deals with discovering general historical patterns, determining empirical adequacy of key assumptions made by models, and testing theoretical predictions with data from actual historical societies. A mature, or ‘developed theory’ thus integrates models with data; the main goal of Cliodynamics is to facilitate progress towards such theory in history and cultural evolution.

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Cliodynamics is a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Scopus

SI: Leading Scholars of the Past Comment on Dawn of Everything

Several prominent historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists were invited to provide their thoughts on Graeber and Wengrow's The Dawn of Everything. To get some clarity on all of the questions and widely different interpretations surrounding DoE, we asked experts who have dedicated their careers to exploring many of the themes, regions, and peoples discussed by Graeber and Wengrow

Book Reviews

Stop making sense

Commentary on David Graeber and David Wengrow 2021. The Dawn of Everything. New York: Penguin.

Early Cities in The Dawn of Everything: Shoddy Scholarship in Support of Pedestrian Conclusions

Commentary on David Graeber and David Wengrow 2021. The Dawn of Everything. New York: Penguin.

Hunter-gatherers: Perspectives from the starting point

Commentary on David Graeber and David Wengrow 2021. The Dawn of Everything. New York: Penguin.

Reframing Historical Rhymes from the Dawn of Everything

Commentary on David Graeber and David Wengrow 2021. The Dawn of Everything. New York: Penguin.