Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization.
Do human societies from around the world exhibit similarities in the way that they are structured, and show commonalities in the ways that they have evolved? These are long-standing questions that have proven difficult to answer. To test between competing hypotheses, we constructed a massive repository of historical and archaeological information known as "Seshat: Global History Databank." We systematically coded data on 414 societies from 30 regions around the world spanning the last 10,000 ...Expand abstract
- Publication status:
- Peer review status:
- Peer reviewed
(Version of record, pdf, 1.0MB)
- Publisher copy:
- National Academy of Sciences Publisher's website
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal website
- Publication date:
- Acceptance date:
- Source identifiers:
- Copyright holder:
- Whitehouse et al
- Copyright date:
Copyright © 2018 the Author(s). Published by PNAS.
This open access article is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND).
- CC Attribution (CC BY)
If you are the owner of this record, you can report an update to it here: Report update to this record