Macrohistory seeks out large, long-term trends in world history, searching for ultimate patterns The Battle of Ain Jalut is considered by many historians to be of great macro-historical importance, as it marked the high water point of Mongol . Galtung BIOGRAPHY & MACRO-HISTORY is acquired, presumably . There can be little doubt that macro-historians, belonging to the foremost thinkers of. Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an attempt by the editors, Johan. Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, to define an academic discipline out of the enduring.

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M acrohistory And M acrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social and Civilizational Change. Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah.

Through an analysis of the theories of macrohistory of such luminaries as Ssu-Ma Ch’ien, St. They argue that a complete macrohistory is one that has linear, cyclical and transcendental dimensions. A complete macrohistory theorizes and describes why and how collectivities move through space and time.

Galtung and Inayatullah argue that the real use of macrohistory is to not only find meaning in the past so as to create new possibilities of meaning for the future, but to reduce suffering – macrohistory is essentially about understanding and changing the human condition.

Presentations of macrohistorians focus on their personal biography, theory of knowledge, shape of history, stages of history, basic metaphors, causes and mechanisms of change, and visions of the future.

Along with sociological comparisons, synergies between macrohistorians, the relationship between biography and macrohistory as well as insights macrohistorians can offer to world history and the future are offered.


Pictorial respresentations of the twenty macrohistories are provided by architect Daniela Minerbi. The analysis is unique as, along with Western perspectives, macrohistorians from Islamic, Indic, and Sinic civilizations are presented as are feminist and Gaian approaches.

This book will be of interest to historians, sociologists, political scientists, cultural theorists and futurists – to all those jacro with the grand schemes of historical social change from Western and Non-Western nistorians.


The best think of its sort I’ve ever seen and destined to become the classic reference in history and futures studies. Galtung and Inayatullah assemble impressive analysis on the ideas and lives of 20 macrohistorians, with pictorial representation on how these worldviews of historical change differ Michael Marien, editor Futures Survey.

Johan Galtung, Sohail Inayatullah, and the other madro of Macrohistory and Macrohistorians demonstrate yet again that each generation may give new perspectives to ideas that we thought we understood. From Ssu-ma Ch’ien and Augustine to Marx, Sorokin, and Sarkar, these historisns give us brilliant, 21st-century insights into theories of social and civilizational change.


Throughout, the authors maintain views that are both sensitive to the coming future and informed by an understanding of the worldwide unities of humankind. This is a book that belongs in the library of every scholar. Richly eclectic, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an indispensable addition to the historical, sociological, peace and futures literature.

It invites dialogue on our ways of knowing about social change, historical dynamics and violent and non-violent futures. Drawing on the writings of macro or big-picture histories, it offers fascinating insights about various civilizational traditions and theorizing about social change processes. Yistorians highlights the limitations of Western-centric claims to correctly know the patterns of history whilst raising the challenge of moving beyond hard deterministic thinking.

Author of Educating Beyond Violent Futures. A beautifully written hixtorians that succeeds in bringing together in a systematic manner the major theories of historical evolution I was awed by Inayatullah and Galtung’s extraordinary job in capturing a panoramic sweep of history.

This work is truly an amazing tour de force. I was especially struck by the elegant macrohistpry of the graphic depictions by Daniela Rocco Minerbi. I have learned to appreciate and now will include in the circle of greats, those Eastern thinkers whose works I regretfully macrohistpry.


Many, many thanks for those wonderful depictions – and mercifully short narrative historkans – of great thinkers’ monumental works. Once I started reading the book, I found that I could hardly put it down.

Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is a rich exploration of patterns in history through the works of twenty macrohistorians from a variety of cultures and eras. The book is particularly valuable for the way it synthesises the contributions of each and includes interpretative chapters that explore their significance. This is a coherent and rare guide to big picture thinking and hence essential groundwork to underpin the long view ahead.

Sohail Inayatullah and Johan Galtung have done us a great service that they have produced a book, which summarizes knowledge of some of the most important ideas of the world’s greatest thinkers in one volume.

If the book is ignored it will be unfortunate for us. This is a book of spectacular scope, crossing historical eras, cultures and nations. It has broadened my understanding of macrohistory, history, and especially of knowledge and theory-building.

As a teacher and student of world history, I find Macrohistory and Macrohistorians a useful and stimulating discussion of many of its classic paradigms from antiquity to the present day. Historians who are willing to consider the contributions of other disciplines to their own, or who might have an acquaintance with social theory in general and particular interest in macrohistory, should find this book a good one.

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